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How to Add a Printer to Windows 10

Install any printer quickly and easily

Adding a printer to Windows 10 is simple, although the process is different for wired and wireless devices.

Since Windows 10 supports most printers, you probably don’t need to install any special software for your device.

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How to add a printer to Windows 10: Network

A network printer connects through your local network, such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Before connecting to your printer, turn it on and connect it to the network.

You may need administrator permission to install a shared printer, such as a printer on your company intranet.

Anger Begin > Settings.

To select Devices.

To select Printers and scanners.

To select Add a printer or scanner.

Screenshot of printers and scanners in Windows 10

Wait for Windows 10 to search for nearby printers.

Select the name of the printer you want to add, then follow the instructions on the screen to install the printer on your computer.

If the printer you want to use does not appear in the list of available printers, choose The printer I want is not listed.

Screenshot of The printer I want isn't listed

Choose the option that matches your printer and select Following.

Screenshot of the Add Printer dialog

Follow the instructions on the screen to install your printer.

How to add a printer to Windows 10: Local

When setting up a new local printer, connect the power cable, as well as a USB cable, with which you connect it to your computer. Cable connections often automatically start the driver installation. If prompted, you will need to download and install specialized software and a printer driver. Then you can add it to your computer.

Type printers in the Windows search box.

To select Printers and scanners under System Configuration in the list of search results.

Windows 10 printers and scanners screenshot

To select Add printers or scanners. Wait for Windows 10 to search for nearby printers.

Screenshot of Search for printers and scanners

Select the name of the printer. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the printer on your computer.

Windows 10 can’t find the local printer

If Windows 10 doesn’t recognize a printer connected via USB cable, try the following troubleshooting steps.

Connect the USB cable directly to the computer. Using a hub or docking station may prevent a strong connection.

Turn off the computer.

Power off the printer.

Restart the PC.

After the computer restarts, log back into Windows, and then turn on the printer.

Try to install the printer. If Windows still does not recognize the printer, continue troubleshooting.

Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer.

Plug the cable back in, making sure it’s securely connected to both devices.

Try to install the printer. If Windows still does not recognize the printer, continue troubleshooting.

Connect the USB cable to another USB port on the computer.

If Windows still does not recognize the printer, try using a different USB cable, as a damaged cable will prevent you from securely connecting the printer to your computer.

When you are done, you can set a default printer in Windows 10.

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