How Do I Add a Printer to My Computer?

by Ryan Casima, studioD

Printers are useful tools; they allow you to print documents, including Web pages, from your computer. Printers are usually included when you purchase a complete computer system. The Windows operating system installed on most computers includes a printer setup wizard that guides you through the installation process.

Plug one end of a USB printer cable into the back of the printer. Insert the other end into your computer. Make sure the printer and the computer are turned on.

Click the Windows "Start" menu in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. Click "Control Panel."

Click "Devices and Printers." Click "Add a Printer." The "Add Printer Wizard" will now open. Click "Next" on the first page.

Choose "Local printer attached to this computer" in the next screen if the printer is connected directly to your computer. Otherwise, if your printer is already connected to a network, such as a home or office network, select "A network printer or a printer attached to another computer." Click "Next."

Click the printer you want to use in the next screen. If you are using a regular printer, you will only see one printer. You might see more than one printer if connected to a network. Click "Next."

Click "Finish" to save the changes. You can now use the printer to print documents from your computer.

Items you will need

  • USB printer cable

About the Author

Ryan Casima is a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is going to major in bioengineering. He has been featured on various websites as a cardio-fitness expert. Casima has studied human anatomy, body function and medicine in general since 2009.

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