How to connect a Network or Wireless Printer to Windows 10 Laptop

How to connect a Network or Wireless Printer to Windows 10 Laptop

Most network or wireless printers do not require additional setup. Windows is smart enough to find those printers (as long as the printers are turned on) and install the network or wireless printer for you.
When a network or wireless printer is not installed automatically, you should try to do the setup yourself. Follow these steps:

  • Start the Settings app.

From the Start button menu, choose Settings.

  • Click the Hardware(Devices) button.
  • Click the Add a Printer or Scanner button.

Windows puts on its core helmet and explores the network’s wild jungles, searching for printers. Any new printers that exist are added to the list. If not, proceed to Step 4:

  • Click the Devices and Printers link below the list of printers on the Devices screen.

The squeaky old Control Panel opens, showing the Devices and Printers window. Lists all physical devices connected to the laptop, including a list of network printers.

  • Click the Add Printer button.

The Add Device Wizard starts, and it scans the known network area for a printer.

  • Choose your printer from the list, then click the Next button.

No need to wait for the wizard to stop searching; The second time you see the printer you want to add, click the Next button.

  • Continue the installation process.

At this point, your task is mostly to click the Next button until that button turns into the Finish button, in which case you are done installing the printer.

If the printer you’re looking for isn’t found after completing these steps (or just skip to step 5), see its documentation. You may have to install special software first and then add the printer.