How to Connect Printer to Computer

How to Connect Printer to Computer

You can connect your wired or wireless printer to a computer or even share your printer to a network by performing the simple, quick steps given below.

The classifications given below include as follows.

  • Connecting a Wireless Printer to Windows & Mac
  • Connecting a Wired printer to Windows & Mac
  • Sharing a printer to a Network on Windows or Mac

Connecting a Wireless Printer to a Windows & Mac system

Windows

  • Step 1: First, check your printer’s network specifications.
  • Step 2: If your printer requires an Ethernet cable to connect to the router, get it.
  • Step : Make sure that your Windows system is turned ON and ready for the printer configuration.
  • Step 3: Now, switch on your wireless printer.
  • Step 4: The software configuration process will vary for each printer model.
  • Step 5: If prompted or required, connect your printer to the router using the Ethernet cable.
  • Step 6: Go through your printer’s user guide to get a clear idea about the network connection configuration.
  • Step 7: Some printer models can be connected directly to your system before performing the software configuration. But some printer models can only connect to the system during the software installation.
  • Step 8: Make sure to enable the Wireless option on your printer when prompted during the driver installation.
  • Step 9: Select your wireless network correctly and enter its password in the given field when prompted.
  • Step 10: Some printer models also have the Bluetooth option. 
  • Step 11: If your printer model has the Bluetooth option, press the Pair button and perform the on-screen instructions to complete the wireless network configuration.
  • Step 12: After completing the printer configuration, add your printer to Printers & Scanners or Bluetooth & other devices.
  • Step 13: Click the Windowss icon. Select the Settings option followed by Devices.
  • Step 14: Choose Printers & scanners Bluetooth & other devices Add a printer or scanner or Add Bluetooth or other device Add device.
  • Step 15: Perform the on-screen instructions to complete the configuration process.

Mac

  • Step 1: Perform the printer configuration by performing the instructions given above.
  • Step 2: To add a printer to the Mac system, follow the instructions given below.
  • Step 3: Click the Apple icon and select System Preferences Printers & Scanners.
  • Step 4: Now, the System Preferences window will appear on the screen, click the plus icon in it.
  • Step 5: If your printer is connected to the network, select it from the available printers list and perform the on-screen instructions to complete the wireless configuration.

Connecting Wired printer to a Windows or Mac system

Windows

  • Step 1: Make sure that you have done the initial printer setup by following the on-screen instructions.
  • Step 2: Place the printer beside your computer.
  • Step 3: Switch on your printer and the computer.
  • Step 4: Now, connect the printer to your system using a USB cable.
  • Step 5: On your Windows system, navigate to the Add printers & scanners page.
  • Step 6: Click the Add device button. Now, a pop-up dialog box will appear on the screen, click the Yes button to continue the process.
  • Step 7: If prompted, begin your printer driver installation on your Windows system and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the configuration.
  • Step 8: Once it is done, try to perform a test print.

Mac

  • Step 1: First, check if your Mac system is up-to-date.
  • Step 2: If yes, continue with the process as instructed below.
  • Step 3: Press the Power button on your printer’s control panel and turn it ON.
  • Step 4: Similarly, power on your system.
  • Step 5: Get a USB cable and connect the printer and your system using it.
  • Step 6: When a pop-up message appears, click the Download & Install button on your printer driver’s installation wizard.
  • Step 7: Finish the remaining set of configuration by following the on-screen instructions.

To know how to share your printer to a network on the Windows or Mac system, click the Call button available on this screen.