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How to install a printer in Windows 10

How to install a printer in Windows 10

Installing a printer to your Windows 10 laptop or desktop these days is easy to do and requires little technical knowledge or virtually no technical knowledge required. You can add a printer via USB, wireless network or Bluetooth. Here’s how to install printer to Windows 10, depending on the type of connection you want to use.

Printer Driver:

How to install Wifi printer in Windows 10

Connect printer to network

If your network printer is not automatically detected by Windows, you will need to manually configure it. This involves accessing the printer menu, configuring a TCP / IP port, and installing drivers. Follow the steps below to add network printer in Windows 10.

  1. Open the Windows Start menu. This is the button in the lower left corner of the screen that is shaped like the Windows logo.
  2. Then click on Settings. This is the gear icon just above the power button in the Start menu.
  3. Then click Devices.
  4. Then, select Printers and Scanners. You can find it in the left sidebar.
  5. Then click Add a printer.

    Note: When Windows detects the printer, simply follow the on-screen instructions to install network printer. In this case, you can stop at this point. However, if Windows does not automatically detect the printer, go to the next step.

  6. Click “The printer I want is not listed.” Once selected, the “Add Printer” screen will appear.
  7. Choose “Add a local printer or a network printer with manual settings” and click Next.
  8. Click “Create a new port” and select Standard TCP / IP from the drop-down box.
  9. Enter the IP address of the printer and click Next. At this point, the computer will try to detect the TCP / IP port. This may take some time.

    Note: If you don’t know how to find this information, see our article on how to find the printer on your network in Windows 10

  10. Select the appropriate device type. In the drop-down menu for Standard Device Type, select the device type that matches your printer brand. For example, if you have a Canon printer, select Canon Network Printer or Canon Network Printing Device. Windows will then detect the driver model. You will notice that once the driver is detected, your printer will be added to the device list in the Printers & Scanners menu.
  11. Install the print driver. Choose your printer manufacturer in the left column and the driver for your printer model in the right column. Click Next.

    Note: If you don’t see the driver for your model, click the box that says Have Disk. You will be prompted to install the driver from the manufacturer’s installation disc and copy it from a drive where the driver is located.

  12. Select “Use the currently installed driver (recommended)” and click Next.
  13. Set optional preferences. Type a printer name if desired. Otherwise, click Next. In the next window, you can also set up printer sharing if you want. Once done, click Next.
  14. Print a test page. A message will appear to connect a printer on the network. From here, you can print a test page or click Finish.

How to install a USB printer in Windows 10

Note: Before installing a USB printer in Windows 10, make sure it is connected to a power source and that your computer is connected to the Internet so you can download the necessary drivers.

  1. Connect the printer and computer with a USB cable. Plug one end of the printer’s USB cable into the computer’s USB socket.
  2. Follow the onscreen installation steps. Windows will automatically detect your printer and walk you through the print driver installation steps.
  3. Check if your printer has been configured correctly. To do this, click on the Start button which has the shape of the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen. Then go to Settings> Devices> Printers and Scanners. Alternatively, you can do it from the Control Panel. Go to Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers.

If you’ve set it up correctly, you should be able to see the printer in the printer list. You can then print a test page to confirm that the installation is complete.

Suggestion: you can set any printer as the default printer. Windows will send a print job to the default printer every time you print. You can configure it in the Printers & Scanners menu in Settings. Just click on the printer you want to set as default, then click Manage> Set as Default.

How to install the Bluetooth printer in Windows

Bluetooth printer installation requires you to pair the device as you would any other Bluetooth device. You also need to verify that the communication port or COM port that appears on Windows is the same as the one on the print driver. Here’s how to connect your Bluetooth printer in Windows 10.

  1. Go to Start> Settings> Bluetooth and other devices. Make sure you turn on the switch for Bluetooth.
  2. Click “Add Bluetooth or other device“.
  3. Then select Bluetooth as the type of device to add. Windows will show you a list of Bluetooth devices it has detected. Select your Bluetooth printer from the list by clicking Ready to pair.
  4. Pair computer and printer. Some devices automatically pair if the printer does not ask for a PIN. If not, enter the PIN for the Bluetooth printer on the computer when prompted. Click Connect. If your printer has a user display, you may be prompted to enter a PIN on the printer. Follow the instructions displayed on both devices to confirm the connection.
  5. Check the COM port in Device Manager. Go to Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers. Right click on the Bluetooth printer and select Properties. In the Services tab, you can see the COM port used by the printer.
  6. Install the printer driver with the corresponding COM port. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure the print driver. On the Ports tab of the printer driver installation window, make sure that the port in the Windows Device Manager is the same one set with the printer driver. For example, if you have COM3 in Device Manager, select the check box for COM3 during installation.
  7. Print a test page. Make sure the printer is connected by printing a test page.