5 ways to add a printer

5 ways to add a printer
5 ways to add a printer
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Knowing how to connect and configure a printer are useful skills when, for example, you have just acquired a brand new printer or have just changed your computer (PC or Mac). This is also useful if you want to print to a friend's printer.

Steps

Method 1 of 5: Connect to a USB port

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Step 1. Start with this method, namely plugging into USB port

New Mac and PC computers now all come with software and printer drivers for the major brands in the market. The printers are now connected to a USB port via a… USB cable. As soon as you turn on your computer, it immediately recognizes your printer and installs the drivers in its system that will be used to make it work. It is definitely the easiest and fastest way to have a printer ready to go.

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Step 2. Prepare your printer

Before connecting your printer to your computer, verify that the printer is ready. It must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Check that, depending on the case, the ink cartridges are full or that there is toner and finally, that there is a reserve of paper.

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Step 3. Connect your printer

You need a USB printer cable which will connect to the printer and the computer. Locate the USB port on your printer. Usually it is on the back of the printer. Sometimes you will find it on the front or on the side. Push the small square tip into the printer, the other end, with a conventional USB tip, plugs into one of the computer's USB ports.

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Step 4. Wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the printer and install the drivers

If it has the right drivers, you don't have to do anything, everything is done automatically.

  • On a Mac, you will see a dialog window appear asking if you want to download and install the software. Click on To install and the configuration will be launched.
  • On a PC equipped with Windows, you will see a window appear which displays the progress of the installation. When it's finished, another window appears asking you what you plan to do. Click on Following (for another installation) or To close.

Method 2 of 5: Mac OS X 10, 8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.7 (Lion)

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Step 1. Prepare your printer

Before connecting your printer to your computer, make sure the printer is ready. It must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Check that, depending on the case, the ink cartridges are full or that there is toner and finally, that there is a reserve of paper. Make sure the printer is properly connected to the computer.

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Step 2. Start the software update (Mountain Lion)

This feature allows you to download the latest versions of the OS, but also software such as printers. When installing a new printer, it is better to have the latest software.

  • Go to the menu Apple and click on Software update … Enter your username and password, if necessary.
  • The App Store opens. There, you will see all the available updates appear.
  • Click on Update all to download any updates that your computer does not have. Otherwise, you can choose only a few updates.
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Step 3. Start the software update (Lion)

Under Lion, it's very simple. Go to the menu Apple and click on Software update … A window opens where you can choose the updates you want. Click on To install.

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Step 4. Configure a printer manually

You are going to install the driver. Here is how we do it.

  • Go to the menu Apple and click on System Preferences …
  • Select Display, then Printers and scanners. If asked, enter your username and password.
  • Click on the "+" (plus) icon below the pane Printers left to open the application Add a printer.
  • In this new window, click on the icon By default. A list of printers appears. Select yours. Click on Add, That's it.

Method 3 of 5: Windows 7

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Step 1. Prepare the printer

Before anything else, check that the printer is ready. It must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Check that the ink cartridges are full or that there is toner and finally, that there is a reserve of paper. Make sure the printer is properly connected to the computer.

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Step 2. Log in as administrator

Thus, you will be able to change parameters, add peripherals, software, in short you will have control over everything! If you are not logged in as an administrator, here's what to do.

  • Click on the menu To start up (Windows button) at the bottom left of the screen.
  • In the menu that appears, locate the button Stop.
  • Hover the mouse pointer to the right of the button Stop.
  • Select Change user in the menu that appears.
  • There, you will see all the profiles that exist on your computer.
  • Select the administrator profile and log in.
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Step 3. Manually add the printer (optional)

You will need to tell Windows which printer you want to add. Here's how to do it.

  • Click on the menu To start up (Windows button) at the bottom left of the screen.
  • Select Peripherals and Printers.
  • At the top of the window, select Add a local printer.
  • Go to Choose a printer port and select Use an existing port.
  • In the menu, choose the USB001 port (virtual printer port for USB). For a printer connected to a serial port, select (…). Click on Following.
  • In the menu, select the make and model of your printer.
  • If it does not appear, choose the closest model. Click on Windows Update. Windows will search its database for all the printers of the manufacturer in question. Normally yours should appear. Select it.
  • The name of your printer is now visible. Click on Following to install it.
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Step 4. Install the printer software from a disc (optional)

If your printer came with a disc, its management software is on it. Insert the disc into the drive and follow the instructions.

Method 4 of 5: Windows 8

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Step 1. Open the Control Panel

Position the mouse cursor in the lower left corner of the screen and right click. In the menu that appears, select Control panel. The latter will open.

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Step 2. Open the Devices and Printers window

In the Control panel, click on the icon Hardware and audio. Click on the link Peripherals and Printers. A window will open in which you can see all the devices connected to your computer. Find your printer. If she's there, great.

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Step 3. Add a printer

At the top of the window Peripherals and Printers, click on the button labeled Add a printer. Your computer searches for the new printer. A progress status window opens.

If Windows recognizes your printer, let yourself be guided, the procedure will follow its course. Follow the instructions that appear. If all goes well, you will see your new printer appear in the list

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Step 4. Install the printer software yourself (optional)

If Windows cannot identify your printer, you will see a button that says "The printer I want is not listed". You will therefore have to install the software yourself.

  • Install it from a digital disc. If your printer came with a disc, the software is probably there. Unplug the USB cable from your printer, insert the disc into the drive, and follow the instructions.
  • Download and install the driver. All serious printer manufacturers make their printer drivers available for download on their website. Find yours, download it, and follow the instructions.

Method 5 of 5: Print a test page

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Step 1. Make sure your printer is working

To see if your printer is correctly installed, nothing like printing a test page. Here is how to do it.

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Step 2. Print a test page from a Mac

The steps below work for OS Lion and Mountain Lion.

  • Double-click on your hard drive icon (Macintosh HD) on the desktop.
  • Double click on folder Users and select the icon with the user's name.
  • Double click on the folder Library (Library) and select the folder Printers.
  • Double click on the printer you installed.
  • Select Printer > Print the test page.
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Step 3. Print a test page with Windows

Some printers have a special button to print a test page. If yours isn't, here's how.

  • Click on the button To start up.
  • In the menu To start up, select Peripherals and Printers.
  • Locate the printer you want to test, right click on it.
  • From the menu, select Printer properties.
  • Under the tab General, click on Print a test page.
  • Your test page should print.

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