How to add a printer or scanner on Windows 11

Dave W. Shanahan

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When you want to add a printer on Windows 11, you can usually start printing right away. If your printer is on and connected to your local network or Bluetooth connection, Windows 11 should be able to find it easily.

Windows 11 supports most printers, so you probably won’t have to install any special printing software. Additional printer drivers and other support might be available as part of Windows Update,

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If you have a printer that can connect to your PC via WIFI or Bluetooth, Windows 11 can easily find the printer for you and add it to your PC without giving it too much thought. Follow these steps to add a printer automatically to your Windows 11 PC.

1. Open Settings (Windows key + i keyboard shortcut)

2. Go to Bluetooth & devices > Printers & scanners

3. Click Add device to add a printer or scanner. add a printer

4a. Click Add Device next to the printer or scanner that you want to add. Windows 11 will automatically find the printer and necessary drivers and install it on your PC.

4b. Printer not appearing in the list? Click Add manually next to The printer that I want isn’t listed. See the image below for the available options to add a printer manually. Click Next to continue to find your printer on Windows 11.

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5. If you chose to automatically add a printer on Windows 11, you just need to sit back and wait until Windows installs the necessary printer drivers and you can start using your printer.

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Now that the printer installation is complete, the new printer will show up in the list of Printers & scanners that you can now use for printing on Windows 11. Clearly, adding a printer hasn’t changed much since Windows 10.

Having any printer issues? Get help from Microsoft to fix printer connection and address other printing problems.

Do you still use a printer? What do you use it for? Let us know in the comments section.