These days, connecting a printer to your Windows 10 desktop or laptop only requires basic knowledge and is very user-friendly. You can connect it via your wireless network, Bluetooth, or USB, depending on what kind of connection you want to use. Here’s a step by step guide on how to connect a printer in your Windows 10.


Connect it Via Wifi

This is only available for network-capable printers because Windows 10 can detect these types of printers automatically. So, if yours isn’t network-capable, you have to set it up manually so that your Windows 10 will be able to detect it. Here’s how to connect your printer via Wifi.

1. Open your Windows Start Menu, located at the bottom left corner of your screen. If you don’t have an idea of what it looks like, it’s a button that’s shaped like a Windows logo.

2. After that, go to Settings, which looks like a gear icon located above the power button of the Windows Start Menu.

3. Look for the Devices tab and click it.

4. In the Devices tab, select the Printers & Scanners option, which can be found in the left sidebar of the screen.

5. Choose the Add a Printer option. To set up, just follow the on-screen instructions that will appear once your Windows detects the printer that you want to connect. You can stop at this point if this happens. On the other hand, if Windows 10 didn’t connect the printer automatically, you should proceed to the next step.

6. Look for the option that states “The printer that I want isn’t listed.” and click it. Once done, a pop-up will appear on your screen, which is the “Add Printer” option.

7. Select the option “Add a network printer or local printer with manual settings”, then click the Next button.

8. Look for the “Create a New Port” tab and click it. After that, choose the Standard TCP/IP option when the drop-down box appears.

9. Put the IP address of your printer in the box and click next to proceed. Your Windows will try to detect the Standard TCP/IP port at this point. However, it might take some time to detect the port so be patient.

10. Choose the device type appropriate for the brand of your printer. For the Standard Device Type’s drop-down menu, choose the device type that fits the brand of the printer that you have. For instance, you have to choose either the Canon Network Printing Device or Canon Network Printer in the drop-down menu if you have a Canon printer. You will see that your printer will be added in the Printers & Scanners’ list of devices once your computer detects the driver.

11. Install your print driver by choosing the printer manufacturer. You will see it on the left-hand side column. The driver for the model of your printer, on the other hand, can be seen in the right-hand side column. Click Next afterward. You have to click the box that says Have Disk if you don’t see the driver of your printer model. When you do this, there will be instructions on the screen on how to install the driver from the manufacturer’s installation disk. After that, you have to copy it from the drive where it’s originally located.

12. Look for the option stating “Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended)” and choose Next to proceed to the next step.

13. You can put or set up other optional preferences by typing another printer name that you want. If you don’t want to, just click Next. You can also set the printer sharing up if you want when the next window appears. Click Next once done.

14. You will get a pop-up message that your printer has now been connected to and that your printer has set up successfully. Test the printer by printing a page or just click the Finish button once done.


Connect a Printer Via USB

Make sure that your computer is connected to the internet and that your printer is connected to a power source before setting up everything so the necessary drivers can be downloaded.

1. Using your USB cable, connect your computer and printer. All you have to do is plug the end of the printer’s USB cord in the computer’s USB outlet to connect.

2. On-screen installation steps will appear. Follow each step. Windows will take you to the step by step procedures on how to install the print driver in your computer once it detects your printer automatically.

3. Once done, check if the set up was successful by clicking the Start button, which is shaped like the logo of Windows. This is located at the bottom-left corner of your window. Go to Settings and choose the Devices option. Once you’re in the Devices option, go to the Printers & Scanners. If you want an alternative, just go to the Control Panel of your Windows. Click the Hardware and Sound option and look for the Devices and Printers.

You should be able to see the printer that you’ve connected in the list of printers if you’ve set everything up correctly. To confirm if you’ve connected the printer, print a test page.

The printer you’ve connected can be your default printer or you can also set other printers to be the default one so that every time you use the printer, your Windows will send a print job to the default printer you’ve chosen. To set this, go to Settings and select Printers and Scanners on the menu. Click the printer that you want to put as your default printer, then you’re done.