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How to Add a Printer to Windows 10

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It is easy to add a printer to your Windows 10 desktop or laptop. A printer can be added via USB, wireless network, Bluetooth, or both. This article will show you how to add a printer to Windows 10. It all depends on the type of connection that you choose.

How to add a printer in Windows 10 via Wi-Fi

You will need to manually set up your network-capable printer if it isn’t automatically detected by Windows. This involves going to the printer menu, configuring TCP/IP, and installing drivers. To add a network printer to Windows 10, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Windows Start menu. This button is located in the lower-left corner of your screen and is shaped like a Windows logo.
  2. Next, click on Settings. This icon is located just above the power button on the Start menu.
  3. Click on Devices.
  4. Next, choose Printers & Scanners. This can be found in the left sidebar.
  5. Click Add a printer.
    Note: After Windows has detected your printer, you can follow the instructions on the screen to set it up. If this happens, you can immediately stop. If Windows doesn’t automatically detect your printer, you can move on to the next step.
  6. Click on “The printer I want isn’t listed.” After you click this, the screen “Add Printer” will appear.
  7. Select “Add a printer to your local network or network with manual settings” and click the next button.
  8. Click “Create A New Port” and choose Standard TCP/IP in the drop-down menu.
  9. Click next to enter the IP address of your printer. Your computer will now try to find the TCP/IP port. This could take some time.
    Notable: Our article will show you how to locate your printer’s IP address.
  10. Choose the correct device type. From the drop-down menu, choose the Standard Device Type that corresponds to your printer brand. If you have a Canon printer choose Canon Network Printer or Canon Network Printing Device. Windows will detect the driver model. Once Windows has detected the driver model, it will add your printer to the Printer & Scanners list.
  11. Install the print driver Select your printer manufacturer in the left-hand column and the driver for the printer model in the right-hand column. Click on Next.
    Note: Click on the box labeled Have Disk if you don’t find the driver for your particular model. The manufacturer’s installation disk will be used to install the driver. You can then copy the file from the drive that contains the driver.
  12. Click next to select “Use the driver currently installed (recommended).”
  13. You can set up optional preferences. If you wish to, type a printer name. Click Next if you don’t want to. If you wish, you can also set up printer sharing in the next window. Click Next once you are done.
  14. Print a test sheet. A message will appear confirming that the printer has been successfully set up. You can either print a test page from this screen or click Finish.

How to add a printer via USB in Windows 10

Notification: Make sure your printer is connected to a power source before you set it up. Also, ensure that your computer is connected to the internet to download the drivers.

  1. Connect your printer to your computer using a USB cable. Plug the other end of the printer’s USB cord into your computer’s USB outlet.
  2. Follow these instructions to install the printer driver.
  3. Verify that your printer has been successfully set up. Navigate to Settings > Devices > Printers & Scanners. You can also do this from the Control Panel. Go to Hardware and sound> Devices and Printers.

Once you’ve set it up correctly, you should see your printer in the list. To confirm the setup is correct, you can print a test page.

Tip You can make any printer the default printer. Windows will automatically send a print job every time you print to the default printer. This can be set up under the Printers and Scanners menu. Click on the printer that you wish to make default and then click Manage > Make as default.

How to add a Bluetooth printer

To add a Bluetooth printer, you must pair it like any other Bluetooth device. Also, make sure that the communication port (or COM) that Windows displays is the same one as the print driver. This is how to connect your Bluetooth printer to Windows 10.

  1. Click on Start > Settings > Bluetooth or Other Devices. Turn on Bluetooth to activate the switch.
  2. Click on “Add Bluetooth or another device .”
  3. Next, select Bluetooth to add the device. Windows will display a list of Bluetooth devices that it has detected. Click on Ready to Pair to select your Bluetooth printer.
  4. You can pair your computer with your printer without a PIN. If your printer does not require a PIN, you can enter it on your computer. Click Connect. You might be asked to enter your PIN if your printer has a display. To confirm the connection, follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. In Device Manager, check the COM Port. Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Devices & Printers. Right-click on the Bluetooth printer to open Properties. You can see the COM port that the printer uses in the Services tab.
  6. Download the printer driver with the correct COM Port. Follow these instructions to set up your printer driver. Make sure the printer’s port is set up in Windows Device Manager. For example, if you see COM3 in Device Manager, make sure to check the box for COM3 at installation.
  7. Print a testing page.
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