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How to Add a Printer on Windows 10 – In Simple Steps

How to Add a Printer on Windows 10 – In Simple Steps
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Are you a Windows 10 user who owns and uses a printer? Have you tried adding your printer to your computer and failed? Let us assure you that you are not alone.

The operating system of Windows 10 is a bit peculiar. That is why we have written this dedicated article.

In simple and clear steps, we will guide you on how to add a printer on Windows 10.

You might also be interested in the following articles: How to add a printer to a computer and how to add a printer to a Mac.

Adding Your USB Printer on Windows 10

Step 1: Put on your printer

The first step is to put on your printer.

To do this, locate your printer’s power button/switch. The position of the power button/switch varies from printer to printer.

Step 2: Turn on your computer

Your computer has to be on for it to communicate with your printer. Press the power button to put on your PC.

Step 3: Connect your printer to your computer

To do this, take your printer’s USB cable and plug it into any of the USB ports on your computer.

Sometimes, this action causes your computer to start the installation process. After this, you can make use of your printer.

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Just keep reading…

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Step 4: Click Windows logo

Click on the “Windows logo”. This will start up your Windows menu.

Step 5: Click Settings

Click on “Settings“. It is represented by a gear icon.

Step 5: Click Devices

You can find this option in the upper part of the window. It is represented with a speaker and keyboard icon.

Step 6: Click Printers & Scanners

On the window’s left side, you’ll see a tab labeled “Printers & Scanners”. Click on it to continue.

Step 7: Click Add a Printer or Scanner

Find the “Add a printer or scanner” button and click it.

Step 8: Select Your Printer, then click Add device

Windows will display a list of printers for you to pick from. Select your printer’s name by clicking it.

After doing that, click on “Add device

In case your printer isn’t listed, click on “The printer that I want isn’t listed” link. You will find it below the “Add a printer or scanner” button.

After this, follow the instructions.

Step 9: Follow the instructions

Windows will begin to install your device. However, you’ll be required to follow certain instructions.

Follow them and you’ll be able to finish adding your printer to your computer. Once you are done, you can start printing

Some printers might need you to insert the printer driver/software CD. Make sure you do so.

If you don’t have it, you can download the driver/software from the printer manufacturer’s website.

The video below will give you additional information about this article.

Adding Your Wireless (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) Printer on Windows 10

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Step 1: Have a basic understanding of your printer’s wireless network

Wireless connection in a broad sense has to do with the connection of devices without cables. However, in most cases, we limit it to Wi-Fi connections only and not Bluetooth.

Nowadays, a good number of printers have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Yet, one that seems to stand out is the Canon PIXMA TR8520.

We recommend you go through your printer’s manual. This will help you to understand how your printer works.

If you don’t have the manual, you can get it on your printer manufacturer’s website.

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Step 2: Turn on your printer

Your computer has to be on for it to interact with your printer. Press your power button to put on your PC.

Step 3: Plug in Ethernet cable (optional)

If your printer makes use of an Ethernet cable, this is the point where you connect it to your router.

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Step 4: Read your printer manual

We know that not many folks like to read product manuals. However, if you want to make proper printer Wi-Fi connection, you have to read the manual.

This is because, how printers connect vary from one another. Some have to be connected to your computer while others can be set up on the printer alone to complete the process.

Step 5: Connect printer to a wireless network

Using your printer’s menu, locate the Wi-Fi settings. Then enter the password of your network.

Make sure that you connect to the same network that your computer is connected to.

For Bluetooth printers, locate the “pair” button on your printer and press it. You’ll know the button with the crooked “B” next to or on it.

The above steps only connect your printer to your wireless connection. or make it ready for connection as the case may be. It does not add your printer to your computer.

To do so you’ll have to continue with the next steps.

Step 6: Click Windows logo

Click on the “Windows logo”. This will start up your Windows menu.

Step 7: Click Settings

After step 4, click on “Settings“. It is represented by a gear icon.

Step 8: Click Devices

You can find this option in the upper part of the window. It is represented with a speaker and keyboard icon.

Step 9: Click Printers & scanners OR Bluetooth & other devices

Your selection depends on if you’re connecting a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth printer.

For Wi-Fi printers, click “Printers & scanners”. Click “Bluetooth and other devices” for Bluetooth printers.

Step 10: Click Add a printer or scanner OR Add Bluetooth or other devices

Make a selection based on your type of printer.

For Bluetooth printers, you’ll have to switch on your computer’s Bluetooth to enable pairing.

Step 11: Connect printer to computer

Click on your printer’s name as found in the “Add” window.

Bluetooth printer users must click “connect” once done with the selection. Sometimes, you might have to click the “pair” button on your printer again.

Your wireless printer is now added to your computer. You can then print away…

Conclusion

In simple steps, we showed you how to add a printer on Windows 10.

To help you further, we would be glad to answer your questions. Just let us know in the comments section.

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