How to Add a Printer to Windows 10


How to Add a Printer to Windows 10

Most printers are connected to PCs with a USB port and often work as soon as soon as you plug them in (and many work wirelessly!). A new printer may also come with a driver disc.

Here’s how to add a printer to Windows 10:

    ■Sign-in or log on to your Windows 10 computer with an administrator account.
    ■Connect your printing device to the PC.
    ■Click the Start button from the desktop screen.
    ■From the Start menu, click Settings.

    ■On the SETTINGS window, click Devices.

    ■Once the DEVICES window opens up, from the left pane, make sure that the Printers & scanners category is selected.
    ■From the right pane, under the Add printers & scanners section, click Add a printer or scanner.
    ■Wait while Windows searches for the connected printer.
    Note: If Windows finds the printer, you can click its name and can follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. If Windows fails to detect the printer, you can continue to step 9.

    ■If Windows cannot detect the connected printer, click the The printer that I want isn’t listed link.

    ■On the Find a printer with other options window, click to select the Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings radio button.
    ■Click Next to continue.

    ■On the Choose a printer port window, leave the default options selected and click Next.
    Note: If you are an advanced user, you can also choose a different option from the Use an existing port drop-down list, or you can define your own port by selecting the Create a new port radio button and specifying your custom port in the enabled field before clicking Next.

    ■On the Install the printer driver window, from the displayed list of printer manufacturers in the left section, click to select the one to which the connected printer belongs.
    ■From the right section, locate and click to select the specific model of the printer that is connected to the PC.
    Note: At this point, you can also click the Have Disk button and browse and locate the driver for the connected printer if you have downloaded it manually from its official website.
    ■Click Next to proceed to the next step.

    ■On the Type a printer name window, in the Printer name field, type an informative name for the printer and click Next.

    ■On the Printer Sharing window, make sure that the Share this printer so that others on the network can find and use it radio button is selected.
    Note: If you do not want to share the printer with the network users, you can select the Do not share this printer radio button and jump to step 20.
    ■In the Share name field, type a short share name for the printer.
    Note: The name you specify here will be displayed to the remote users when they search for this printer over the network.
    ■Optionally you can populate the Location and Comment fields with your preferred information.
    ■Click Next to continue.

    ■On the final page of the wizard, click the Print a test page button to check the connectivity and proper functioning of the printer. (Optional)
    ■Click Finish to complete the process.