Printers have become essential, both at home and at work. In the past, their installation was a real obstacle course: today, it’s almost child’s play. However, setting up a network or shared printer is a bit more complex, but once it’s done, you can print anything you want, anywhere in the world.
Learn how to add a printer to your Windows or Mac computer with our comprehensive guide. Our step-by-step instructions cover everything from connecting your printer to your computer to installing the necessary drivers. Whether you’re using Windows or Mac, we’ve got you covered. Follow our guide now and start printing with ease.
Install a USB printer (Windows and Mac)
No printer is alike, and there are so many models. Also, before reading the following, consult the installation manual supplied by the manufacturer. On the site, you will find a link which will allow you to download the manual specific to your printer in PDF format.
To find the drivers for your printer, go to your favorite search engine (Google, for example), and type a query like “printer drivers manufacturer model”.
Connect the printer to the computer.
Turn on the printer. You should hear a small noise when switching on, and see the indicator lights work.
Wait for the start-up. The operating system detects the printer as soon as it is connected. Today, recent versions of Windows and OS X come with the latest drivers. If this is not the case, the system will fetch the drivers, this requires that you have an Internet connection.
If your system doesn’t detect the printer there is others methods to do it :
Install driver from CD
On the CD-ROM that comes with the printer is everything you need for the printer to work properly. There are even programs that allow you to take advantage of specific printer features. If the printer is not automatically recognized by the operating system and you no longer have the installation CD, go directly to the next step.
If you see that your printer configures itself, you have nothing special to do, except wait for the configuration to finish. You don’t need to add anything.
Install driver from manufacturer’s site
If you do not have an installation CD-ROM, if the printer does not install automatically, then go to the printer manufacturer’s website to obtain the appropriate drivers. You must have the precise reference of your printer: it is written on one side of your machine.
Run the drivers. After downloading and restarting your computer, you should be able to print from any software that supports document printing.