How to Add a Printer to Windows 10

There are several 10-minute chores you can perform to improve the usefulness of your laptop, ranging from speeding up your laptop’s startup time to personalizing your action center. Installing a printer in Windows 10 is a simple process that allows you to begin printing instantly after a brief setup. Here’s how to configure a printer in Windows 10.

A USB cable is one method of connecting a printer to your PC, making it a local printer. You may also add a printer connected to another laptop or PC on your network or install a wireless printer. These circumstances will be discussed more below.

Add the local printer to your Windows 10 PC through a USB connection.

In Windows 10, adding a local printer is frequently as simple as plugging it into a USB connection on your computer and turning it on. If Windows 10 successfully recognizes it and locates the relevant drivers for it, you should receive a popup notification recognizing this in the lower-right corner of your screen.

When Windows 10 completes the printer installation, it notifies you that the “Device is ready” and your printer “[…] is set up and ready to go.” You may now use your local printer.

If your local printer did not install, proceed as follows:

Using the operating system’s built-in tools, add a local printer in Windows 10.

  • Open the Settings app to double-check that your printer was properly installed or to manually add a local printer. To do so quickly, click or touch the Settings button in the Start Menu, or press Windows + I on your keyboard.
  • Navigate to the Devices area in the Settings app. You’ll see in the description that it reads “Bluetooth, printers, mouse.” We’re interested in the printers.
  • Then, on the left side of the window, pick Printers & Scanners to access the section with the same name on the right. There, you can see the printers that Windows 10 has already installed. Some are virtual printers, such as PDF converter software or screenshot capture programs.

There are now two options:

Windows 10 has already installed the printer that you connected to the computer. The printer that you connected has not been installed.

If you end yourself in the first case, you’re done: go ahead and print. If you are in the second scenario, you will not see your printer shown. After turning on the printer, click or press the “Add a printer or scanner” button.

Windows 10 starts “looking for printers and scanners” and displays all printers and scanners discovered in a list below. If your local printer is found, Windows 10 should attempt to install its drivers automatically. The printer setup process may be tracked using the progress bar displayed next to its name.

When you’re finished, the progress meter will vanish. The local printer will now appear in the list of printers and scanners on your Windows 10 PC.

Install Printer in Windows 10 Via IP Address

You must know the printer’s IP address to Add the printer using its IP Address. Printing a self-test page is the simplest technique to determine a printer’s IP address.

The self-test page will display all of your printer’s data, including its current IP address.

Printing a self-test sheet is simple on most printers – To access menus, select the Setup button > Use the Right Arrow button to navigate to the Print Report option and then press the OK button to print the test page.

Make sure the printer is turned on, and then follow the instructions below to add it to your computer.

Step 1: Go to your computer’s Settings and choose Devices.

Step 2: On the next screen, in the left pane, select Printers & Scanners. Click the Add a Printer or Scanner option in the right-pane.

Step 3: When Windows begins looking for printers, click on The Printer I Want Isn’t Listed.

Step 4: On the next page, click the Next button after selecting Add a Printer Using TCP/IP Address.

Step 5: On the next page, enter the Printer’s hostname or IP address and press the Next button.

Step 6: If the printer is turned on and correctly set up, Windows should be able to locate it. If not, you may be required to supply more printer information.

Step 7: On the next screen, in the left pane, pick Printer Manufacturer. Select your Printer model in the right pane and press the Next button.

Step 8: Enter a name for the printer and click Next.

Step 9: Choose whether or not to share the printer and then click Next.

Step 10: Print a test page and then click Finish on the following screen.

How to Add a Network or Wireless Printer to Your Windows 10

Most network printers or wireless printers do not require any further configuration. Windows is intelligent enough to locate such printers (as long as they are turned on) and install the network or wireless printer for you.

If a network or wireless printer isn’t installed automatically, you’ll have to do it manually. Take the following steps:

Step 1: Launch the Settings app.

Step 2: Select Settings from the Start button menu.

Step 3: Add a Printer or Scanner by clicking the Add a Printer or Scanner button.

Step 4: Windows dons its pith hat and ventures into the network’s untamed jungles in search of printers. Any newly discovered printers are added to the list.

 On the Devices screen, click the Devices and Printers option, which is located below the list of printers.

Step 5: Select the Add a Printer option. The Add a Device Wizard launches, searching for a printer in a recognized network region.

Step 6: Select the printer from the list, and then press the Next button. You don’t have to wait for the wizard to finish searching; simply click the Next button as soon as you find the printer you wish to add.

Step 7: Continue with the installation. At this stage, your main task is to keep clicking the Next button until it changes to the Finish button, at which time you’re finished installing the printer.

If the printer you’re seeking isn’t discovered after following these steps (or if you’ve only gotten to Step 5), examine its documentation. You may need to install specific software before adding the printer.

How to add a Bluetooth Printer to Windows 10 PC?

You may quickly add a Bluetooth printer to a Windows 10 PC if you have previously linked any Bluetooth device to your computer system or laptop. Check the print driver’s communication port or COM port, which must be the same as the port number displayed on Windows. Let’s look at how to pair a Bluetooth printer with your Windows 10 PC. Take the following steps:

Step 1: To open the Windows settings, go to the Start menu and select the Setting/gear icon option. Please see the image below.

Step 2: A new window will display once you click on the Setting option. Select “Devices” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: A new popup window will open after clicking on the “Devices” option. Select “Bluetooth and Other Devices” from the drop-down menu. The “Bluetooth and Other Devices” option may be found in the window’s left sidebar.

Step 4: Now, on the right sidebar of the window, select “Add Bluetooth or another device” and toggle the Bluetooth button to ON. Please see the image below:

Step 5: After selecting “Add Bluetooth or another device,” a new popup window will emerge with three options for adding a device: Bluetooth, Wireless display or doc, and everything else. Now, choose Bluetooth as the type of device to add, and it will display a list of discovered Bluetooth devices.

Step 6: Windows will now look for the Bluetooth printer. Check to see if your device is turned on and discoverable.

Step 7: Now, choose the Bluetooth printer from the list that was found and press the Ready to Pair button.

Step 8: Your printer is now ready to link with your computer when you click the Ready to Pair button. If your system prompts you for a PIN, enter it for your Bluetooth printer on your computer; otherwise, click the Connect button. If you haven’t entered a PIN, your printer will pair automatically. Some modern printers with displays may prompt you to enter your PIN. Follow the on-screen instructions and confirm the connection by clicking the Connect button.

Step 9: Now, in Device Manager, verify the COM Port and install the print driver using the same COM Port.

Step 10: To verify the COM Port, go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices & Printers, then right-click on the Bluetooth printer and choose Properties. The COM port of the printer may be found under the Services tab.

Step 11: To install the print driver on your PC, follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure you use the same port that you used to connect the print driver to Windows Device Manager.

Step 12: Finally, print a test page to ensure your printer is properly linked to your system.

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