Did you ever come across this problem where your printer stops functioning suddenly? If yes, then don't panic as this is quite normal if you are using Windows 10. Usually, there is no technical fault in the printer device. This problem can occur because of software or port. Here in this article, we are going to explain how to change the printer port in Windows 10.
In the last couple of years, many users have been complaining about the need to change the printer port. There are times when you get stuck and you don't understand how to fix your problem. If you are struggling with this problem, then worry not as here we are available with a solution that you can apply to fix it. One can easily fix this problem if he carries out the instructions properly.
As technology is advancing at a rapid pace, the use of printers will soon come to an end. Only large organizations and business proprietors will use printers for online storage and presentation purposes. Now, that we know enough about printer ports, let's just dig into the solutions.
Identification of the port that your printer is connected to
First of all, launch the control panel, and then go to the section of "Hardware and Sound". After that, select devices and printers. Right-click on the printer and then Choose properties. Now, open the ports tab to see the ports.
Changing the port of your printer is not a difficult job. In case you are experiencing an issue, then follow the steps given below.
To go to the Devices and Printers section of your Windows 10, you need to go to the Start menu and then right-click on it. After that, a list of options will appear before you. Select Control Panel from there.
Now, you need to go to the "View by" section and change the category of icons from small to large. Now, select the option of "Devices and Printers". This is the location where you are going to find your printer if it is installed on your PC.
Once you are done locating your device, go to your device and then right-click on it. Now, a menu will appear before you. Select printer properties from there. After that, a window with many tabs will appear before you.
In the next step, you need to select the Ports option. The COM ports are useless if you are using a USB printer. The same thing applies to the LPT ports. So, this is what you need to ensure before you choose a port for your printer.
One more thing that we need to discuss here is networking. Many small companies and home users want to take advantage of this feature. If this is what you really want, then you must select the option of Virtual Printer Port.
After that, you must select the Add Port option. Now, a window will open up before you, where you will have to choose from IP or TCP port. After that, choose the option of New Port. A wizard will be displayed.
There, you need to click on Next. Another section will show up where you need to add the IP address or DNS server, which you programmed in your printer device. Once you are done making the addition, allow your printer to communicate with the network. When you are done with the process, select Apply.
So, these are the steps that you need to follow in order to change printer ports in Windows 10.