How to install a printer in Windows 10

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Email Twitter: @DaveWShanahan Jan 27th, 2020 inHow-To

How to install a printer in Windows 10

1. Go to the Windows Search box and type “Printer,” or Go to Windows Settings > Devices > Printers & Scanners as indicated.
2. Select “Add a printer or scanner.” Wait for Windows 10 to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use, and select “Add device.”
3. If you don’t see your printer isn’t in the list, select “The printer that I want isn’t listed,” and then follow the instructions to add it manually using one of the available options.

Applies to All Windows 10 Versions

When you install a printer, your Windows 10 PC should detect your printer automatically; wirelessly on your home network, or directly plugged the printer into your PC. Windows 10 has the necessary drivers that support most printers, so you don’t have to worry about installing any special printing software.

Microsoft has cut down the steps needed and made it easier for you to install a printer on Windows 10. Let’s take a look at what you need to do.

Install a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer

If your printer is on and able to connect to your Wi-Fi network, Windows 10 should be able to find it automatically. Windows 10 will look for any available printers on your Wi-Fi network, including Bluetooth and wireless printers or any printers that are plugged into another computer and shared on the same Wi-Fi network. Windows 10 may require special administrative permission to install some printers.

1. Go to the Windows Search box and type “Printer,” or Go to Windows Settings > Devices > Printers & Scanners as indicated.
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2. Select Add a printer or scanner. Wait for it to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use, and select Add device.
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3. If you don’t see your printer isn’t in the list, or no printers appear, select “The printer that I want isn’t listed,” and then follow the instructions to add it manually using one of the available options.

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If you use wireless access points, Wi-Fi extenders, or multiple wireless routers in your home, you will need to make sure that you are connected to the same network as the printer to find and install it on your Windows 10 PC. Also, if you have a new wireless printer that you haven’t yet added to your home network, you will need to follow the instructions included with that printer to enable it to be connected to your Windows 10 PC.

Install a local printer

For the most part, installing a local printer is much easier. Windows 10 should automatically discover and install the local printer without you having to do much. Simply plug in the USB cable that came with the printer into your Windows 10 PC. and In most cases, all you have to do to set up a printer is to connect it to your PC. Simply plug the USB cable from your printer into an available USB port on your Windows 10 PC, and turn your printer on.

The instructions for adding a local printer are the same as adding a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer:

1. Go to the Windows Search box and type “Printer,” or Go to Windows Settings > Devices > Printers & Scanners as indicated.
2. Open Printers & scanners settings
3. Select Add a printer or scanner. Wait for it to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use, and select Add device. If your printer isn’t in the list, select The printer that I want isn’t listed, and then follow the instructions to add it manually using one of the options.

If you have any other issues installing a printer in Windows 10, let us know in the comments.

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