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Wired Printer Install/Troubleshooting for Windows 10

Printer Install and Troubleshooting for Windows 10





Wired Printer Install:


If your printer connects by a wire, plug it into your device. It'll connect automatically, your PC will download the right drivers, and you can use it right away. To connect a wireless printer, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Devices Printers & scanners Add a printer or scanner.

    Open Printers & scanners settings

  2. Wait for it to find nearby printers, then choose the one you want to use, and select Add device. If you want to remove the printer later, just highlight it and select Remove.


Downloading Print Drivers

If your printer isn't responding, you may need to remove it and reinstall it so Windows can download and install the proper drivers.

Make sure your printer is on and connected to your PC.

Open Start  > Settings  > Devices Printers & scanners. Select the name of the printer, and then choose Remove device.

To reinstall the printer, select  Add a printer or scanner and then select the name of the printer you want to add. If Windows doesn’t automatically find a new driver after the printer is added, look for one on the device manufacturer's website and follow their installation instructions.

Open settings for Printers & scanners


How to set a default printer:

To choose a default printer:

  1. Select Start  > Settings .

  2. Go to Devices > Printers & scanners > select a printer > Manage. Then select Set as default.
    If you don't see the Set as default option, the Let Windows manage my default printer option may be selected. You'll need to clear that selection before you can choose a default printer on your own.
    Open Printers & scanners


How to set a default Printer:


Your default can be the printer you last used. To turn on this mode:

  1. Open Start  > Settings  > Devices > Printers & scanners.

    Open Printers & scanners

  2. Select the checkbox beside Let Windows manage my default printer.

View the printer queue in Windows 10

To view a list of items waiting to print in Windows 10:

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Devices  > Printers & scanners .

    Open Printers & scanners settings

  2. Select your printer from the list and then select Open queue to see a list of what's printing and the upcoming print order.


How to change the printer from "offline" to "online"

Your printer might appear offline if it can't communicate with your PC. Here are some things to try to get your printer back online.

  1. Check to make sure the printer is turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your PC. Your printer's built-in menu should show which network it's connected to, or check your printer's manual for more info.

  2. Verify that your printer is not in Use Printer Offline mode. Select Start  > Settings  > Devices > Printers & scanners. Then select your printer > Open queue. Under Printer, make sure Use Printer Offline is not selected.

    Open Printers & scanners settings