How to Add Printer in Windows 10?

How to Add Printer in Windows 10

Some printers require only a direct connection with a computer via USB port to be linked. Windows 10 recognizes and installs the respective drivers based on the build and brand of the printer while other printers install the printer driver initially and then establish a connection. 

Add a Local Printer

  • Step 1: Employ a USB cord to connect the printer to your computer.
  • Step 2: Switch it on.
  • Step 3: Open the Start menu Settings.
  • Step 4: Hit Devices Add a printer or scanner.
  • Step 5: Click the name of your printer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Step 6: Or select the "The printer that I wasn't isn't listed" option.
  • Step 7: The Windows troubleshooter helps you locate the printer.
  • Step 8: The corresponding printer drivers are also downloaded.

Add a Wireless Printer

  • Step 1: On the printer's LCD panel, go to Settings Wireless Settings LAN settings
  • Step 2: Ensure that the network router is turned on.
  • Step 3: Choose your home Wi-Fi network from the shown list.
  • Step 4: While hovering over your Wi-Fi icon, you'll be able to find the network's SSID.
  • Step 5: Input the network password.
  • Step 6: Connect your computer to your printer via a USB cable.
  • Step 7: On your Windows computer, go to Settings Devices Printers & Scanners

Add a Shared Printer

Windows home networking feature, HomeGroup, shares printers, and certain files with other computers on your network. Here is how to set up a HomeGroup and connect it to the shared printer.

  • Step 1: Locate the Wireless icon in the taskbar.
  • Step 2: Right-click the icon and choose Open Network and Sharing Center.
  • Step 3: Hit Ready to Create in HomeGroup option.
  • Step 4: Click Create a homegroup Next
  • Step 5: Pick what needs to be shared. 
  • Step 6: Note that Printers & Devices are shared by default.
  • Step 7: Make a note of the HomeGroup password automatically created.
  • Step 8: Hit Finish.

Connect the Shared Printer:

  • Step 1: Go to the other computer on your network to join the HomeGroup.
  • Step 2: Tap Homegroup Join now in Windows Explorer
  • Step 3: Click Next on the Join a Homegroup window.
  • Step 4: Verify all that you want to share and hit Next.
  • Step 5: Input the password and click Next.
  • Step 6: Select Finish.
  • Step 7: Pick Network in Windows Explorer.
  • Step 8: View the shared printer in the list. 

If you find it difficult to connect the computer and printer, tap the Help (?) button on the printer software. You can find the necessary information there to link both the devices.