Adding a printer in Windows 10

A printer is a very useful tool; it allows the users to print documents from their computer. But to print the documents, firstly you need to add a printer to the computer.  The most common way to connect your printer is by using the USB cable and that turns your printer to a local printer.  You can also install the wireless printer or you can add a printer to a computer on the network.

How to add a printer to a computer?

Below all the scenarios to add a printer to the computer are covered:

  • Add a Local Printer
  • Connect the printer to the computer via USB cable and turn it on.
  • From the start menu, open ‘Settings App’.
  • Click ‘Devices’.
  • Click ‘Add Printer or Scanner’ to add a printer to the computer.
  • If windows detect the printer, click the printer name and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. 

If Windows is unable to find the connected printer, choose ‘The printer I want is not listed’ and allow the windows troubleshooting guide to find the printer. Visit the manufacturer’s website and download printer drivers, if it does not work.

Add Wireless Printer

  • Open the wireless setup page by using the LCD panel of the printer.
  • Choose your wireless network.
  • Enter the network password to add a printer to the computer.

Add  shared printer

Home networking feature of windows called HomeGroup shares the printer and some other files automatically with a  computer present on the Home Network.

Set Home Group

  • Right-click the ‘Wireless Icon’ present in the taskbar and choose ‘Open Network and Sharing Center.
  • Click the ‘Read to create’ option present next to the HomeGroup.
  • Click on create homegroup button.
  • Tap to Next.
  • Choose what you want to share. By default ‘Printer and Device’ are shared.
  • Note down the Homegroup password.
  • Tap to finish.

Connect to a shared printer on HomeGroup

  • Click HomeGroup and after that Join Now button in your windows explorer.
  • Tap to next.
  • Verify what you want to share and tap to next.
  • Enter the password and click Next.
  • Tap to finish and process to add a printer to the computer is complete.  You can see the printer status on your windows explorer.

By following these simple steps you can add a printer to the computer.  If you are unable to install the printer on your own, contact a printer expert for help.