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How to add a printer in Windows 10

If you’d like to know how to add a printer in Windows 10, then you’ve come to the right place.

Adding a printer to Windows can be rather useful, especially if you need to be able to have multiple hard copies of documents – and let’s face it, the chances of that happening are pretty high with a fair amount of people working from home.

Luckily, the process for adding a printer to Windows is rather simple, and there’s a couple of different ways of doing it. We’re here to walk you through the entire process.

Hardware used

The short version

  • Connect your printer to your PC via a USD cable (wired)
  • Connect your printer to the same network as your PC (wireless)
  • Open the settings menu
  • Head into Devices
  • Select ‘Printers and scanners’
  • Press ‘Add a printer or scanner’
  • Select it from the list
  1. Step

    Connect your printer to your PC via a USB cable (wired)

    If you’re connecting a printer to your PC via wired means, your first port of call will be need to connect your printer up to a PC via the included USB cable.Clear backside view of the Epson printer power connector port and USB connector port

  2. Step

    Connect your printer to the same network as your PC (wireless)

    The first step is a little different if you’re intending on doing things wirelessly. You’ll need to connect your printer to the same network as your PC in order for them to be connected via WiFi.

    This is usually slightly different for each manufacturer of printers, but will majorly involve you using your printer’s touchscreen to access the network settings, find the name of your network from the list and entering any respective credentials.6GHz Wifi

  3. Step

    Open the Settings menu

    Your first port of call is to open the settings menu on your Windows device by either selecting the gear icon in the Start menu, or typing ‘Settings’ into the search box.
    Opening the settings menu in Windows 10

  4. Step

    Head into Devices

    Once inside the main settings menu, you’ll be greeted with a panel of different options. As we’re adding a printer, click on Devices.Selecting printers in the settings menu

  5. Step

    Select ‘Printers and scanners’

    When you get into the Devices menu, you’ll have to select the ‘Printers and scanners’ option.
    Select Printers and scanners

  6. Step

    Press ‘Add a printer or scanner’

    When inside that menu, there should be a large button at the top where that says ‘Add a printer or scanner’. Pressing it will cause Windows to scan for devices, and it should bring up any nearby printers.Select add printers & scanners

  7. Step

    Select your printer from the list

    To add your printer to Windows as a functioning device, proceed to click it. Below the name of your printer, it should say ‘Ready’ and be added to the general list.
    Select your printer from the list


How do I add a printer not listed?

If your printer isn’t popping up as an option for whatever reason, you can add it manually instead. This can be done by clicking “The printer that I want isn’t listed” and then adding the IP address of the printer.

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