How to Connect Your Wireless Printer in Windows 10?

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Connect Your Wireless Printer in Windows 10:

In this post, we will discuss how to connect your wireless printer in Windows 10. Follow the guide to know how to do this. Guidelines to connect your wireless printer in Windows 10

Step 1: Connect the printer to WiFi Network

Power on the printer, and check it out for an option to connect with a wifi network. The process to connect to a wifi network varies from printer to printer. Generally, there will be a user interface or a wifi button that can get the job done. Keep the printer turned on until the setup is complete.

Step 2: Add printer or scanner to Windows 10

  • Make sure the Windows 10 computer is connected to the same network
  • Open Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners

  • Click on Add a printer or scanner

  • Select the wifi printer from the results
  • Click Add device

At the time of the scanning process, Windows 10 will look for the printer, and once found will display the result. Once you click on the Add device, Windows will install the drivers through Windows 10 Update. The process applies to all the printers, connected, non-wired, or anything else.

Step 3: Install Printer Software

Whereas the default printer software works, I would extremely suggest you use the Printer driver software from the OEM. They usually provide better functionality, ink-saving modes, and more. For example, one of the OEM software lets me save a scanned copy into one PDF automatically.

Step 4: Change Default Printer

When you don’t have any printer installed, the default printer in Windows is the one who saves into PDF files. If you had a printer earlier, I would extremely suggest you change the printer to the new one.

Windows will try to set the default printer via selecting the one used most recently on the connected network. This is a button on by default and will mean that the OS can remember which printer to use when switching between networks. Not everyone needs or wants this functionality, and luckily it's really easy to turn it off.

  • Open Windows search by clicking Windows Key + Q.
  • Type in "printer."
  • Select Printers & Scanners.
  • Turn ‘Let Windows manage my default printer’ to off.

  • Choose the printer you want to set as default from the list of devices.
  • Select Manage.
  • Tap Set as default.

If there are multiple printers, take a look at the box which states, ‘Let Windows manage my default printer.’ It will suggest you to use the one which is often used.

If you do not want to switch to often used, but always use one printer, then untick the box.

Here's a Quick Guide to Connect Your Wireless Printer in Windows 10.

Follow the instructions:

  • Click on the printer to set as default > Manage
  • Click on Set as default button
  • Go to Windows search via clicking Windows Key + Q.
  • Type in ‘printer.’
  • Select Printers & Scanners.

  • Turn on the printer.
  • Refer to the manual to connect it to your Wi-Fi network. Unfortunately, this process differs not only from manufacturer to manufacturer but frequently from printer to printer.
  • Tap Add a printer or scanner.
  • Select the printer from the results.
  • Click Add device.

You should be good to go now. This method will also work for wired printers, just connect the unit, and follow the steps above.

Troubleshooting Printers

If you are having trouble with any of the printers, then there are two ways to approach it.

Installed Printer: Click on Printer listing > Manage. First, try to print a test page. Next click on the Run the troubleshooter to see if it can be fixed. If it doesn’t work, then uninstall and reinstall the printer.

Can't find your printer: There's a chance that Windows might be unable to locate your printer. It's not the end of the world, and the issue could be easily rectified by attempting to connect the printer to Windows 10 manually. To do this, we'll need to run through a wizard. Here's how:

  • Go to Windows search by pressing Windows Key + Q.
  • Type in ‘printer.’
  • Select Printers & Scanners.
  • Hit Add a printer or scanner.
  • Choose The printer that I want isn't listed.
  • Choose ‘Add a Bluetooth’, wireless printer.
  • Choose the connected printer.

If you're still unable to see your printer, ensure it's switched on, and both the printer and your Windows 10 are on the same local network.

How to Connect Your Wireless Printer in Windows 10?

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