How to Add a Printer in Windows 10/8/7

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How to Add a Printer in Windows 10/8/7/Vista and Mac OS – From speeding up your laptop’s boot time to adjusting your Action center, there are a lot of 10 minute tasks that you can do to improve the usability of your laptop. Installing a printer in Windows 10 is a painless task that gives you the ability to start printing immediately after a quick setup. Here’s how to add a printer in Windows.

The most common way to connect a printer to your PC is with a USB cable, which makes it a local printer. You can also install a wireless printer or add a printer connected to another laptop or PC on your network. We’ll cover the following scenarios.

How to Add a Local Printer

1. Connect the printer to your computer using a USB cable and turn on the printer.

2. Open the Settings app from the Start menu.

3. Click Devices.

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4. Click Add a printer or scanner.

5. If Windows detects your printer, click on the printer name and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. And you’re done.

If Windows does not find your connected printer, click “The printer that I want not registered ” link.

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Then let the Windows Troubleshooting guide help you find your printer. It will search for available printers and help you download drivers for them.

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If that doesn’t work, go to your printer manufacturer’s website and download the drivers and installation tools for your printer.

How To Add a wireless printer

The steps for installing a wireless printer may vary by manufacturer. In general, however, today’s modern printers will detect your network and automate the installation.

1. Use the printer’s LCD panel to enter the wireless settings. On my Epson printer this is under Setup > wireless LAN settings.

2. Select your Wi-Fi network. You should know the SSID of your home network, which you can find by moving your mouse over the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar.

3. Enter your network password.

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In some cases, you may need to temporarily connect your printer to your computer via USB to install the software. But otherwise, that’s it. You should find your printer is automatically added in the printer section of the & scanner under the device > settings.

If you’re having trouble, make sure your printer is relatively close to your computer and not too far away from your wireless router. If your printer has an Ethernet Jack, you can also connect it directly to your router and manage it with the browser interface.

How To Add a shared printer

The Windows home network feature called HomeGroup automatically shares certain printers and files with other computers in your home network. Here we are going to set up a HomeGroup, if you don’t already have one set up, and connected to a shared printer.

How To Set up HomeGroup

Skip this step if your home network has set up HomeGroup. If you’re unsure, follow steps 1 and 2 below to check.

1. Right click on the wireless icon in the taskbar and select “Open Network and Sharing Center “.

How To Setup HomeGroup Printer

2. Click “Ready to create” next to HomeGroup. If a HomeGroup already exists on your network, it will say “Joined.”

HomeGroup Printer Setup

3. Click the Create a homegroup button.

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4. Click Next.

5. Choose what you want to share. The Printer & the device is shared by default.

6. Write HomeGroup Windows password created for you. You’ll need it for any computer that wants to join HomeGroup.

7. Click Finish.

How To Connect a shared printer in HomeGroup

Now head over to the other computer (s) on your network to join the HomeGroup.

1. Click homegroup and then the merge Now button in Windows Explorer.

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2. Click Next.

3. Verify what you want to share and click Next.

4. Enter the password and click Next.

5. Click Finish.

6. Click Network in Windows Explorer and you should see the shared printer installed.

Shared Printer Connect

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