It often happens that you have added your printer to the network but due to some technical glitch you are not able to find the printer on your network in Windows 11 when you really need to extract some printouts.
The reasons behind not finding the specific printer shared on your network could be many ranging from non-recognition of the printer over the network to the disabled spooling printer service which requires some proper fixes so that you are able to find the printer on your network in Windows 11.
Friends, I also witnessed the issue of not finding the relevant printer on the network which I got fixed by enabling the spooling service going forward. In this context, I would like to say that there are a few fixes by executing which you can find the printer on your network in Windows 11 which are discussed elaborately by means of this quick guide.
So, just have a look at this quick user guide that throws substantial light on how to find the printer on your network in Windows 11.
You may be negligent of the fact that your laptop or computer is connected to a different network as compared to that of your printer thereby leading to no visibility of the printer on the network with which your laptop may have been connected to. In this scenario, you must ensure that your computer and printer both are connected to the same network.
You can make use of the printer’s screen to ascertain whether the printer is able to access the given network or not and when you find that your printer being on a wireless network is able to connect to the relevant network try securing a test printout subsequently.
Try Restarting All Your Devices
1 - Restarting the Printer - You will always find a power button on one side of your printer which you must press for a while to allow your printer to restart.
2 - Allowing your Computer or Laptop to Reboot - Along the same lines, you must shut down your computer or laptop followed by restarting the same as any persisting technical glitches associated with your computer hindering the reflection of the printer on the shared network can be well taken care of.
3 - Making Your Router Restart as Well - Now you should resort to restarting your router as any problem caused by the router can be addressed and your printer may start getting visible on the shared network.
Another suitable way to find the printer on your network in Windows 11 is indeed entering your printer’s credentials in the Add Printer section by simply going into the “Settings” option followed by clicking to launch the “Bluetooth & Devices”.
After this, you must enter in the “Printers & Scanners” segment followed by manually adding the printer by jumping onto the “Add Device” segment going forward.
Many a time your printer might not be visible on the shared network because of the outdated printer driver which actually calls for updating the latest printer driver either manually or automatically to make your printer visible on the shared network.
In this context, it becomes worth discussing that if the issue of your printer not getting visible on the shared network exists due to an outdated printer driver then you will definitely see a message that “Driver is unavailable” which calls for updating the latest printer driver in a bid to find the printer on your network in Windows 11.
One most important reason for not finding your printer on the shared network is that in your case the print spooler service might have been disabled which must be enabled going forward in case you wish to find printer on your network in Windows 11.
If you want to find the printer on your network in Windows 11 then run the printer troubleshooter by following the steps mentioned herewith. The process of getting it done is to launch the “Settings” window followed by clicking on “Bluetooth & Devices”.
You should then follow to click on “Printers & Scanners” and then click on the “Troubleshoot” option subsequently.
If your printer happens to be already installed on the shared network then you must go there again followed by re-installing the printer to make it visible on the shared network which actually entails uninstalling the printer driver first and then reinstalling the printer with the latest printer drivers which should help to find the printer on your network in Windows 11.