Quick Tip: How To Add a Printer in Windows 10

Most modern printers use technology that makes them easily discoverable on your home network but if you need to add an older printer manually that is also possible.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

November 7, 2016

1 Min Read
Quick Tip: How To Add a Printer in Windows 10

Windows 10 is capable of recognizing and automatically adding printers on your home network that use the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol.

If you already had a printer on your system running Windows 7/8.1 then it will be present after upgrading to Windows 10. If you are performing a clean install of Windows 10 and your printer is UPnP compatible then Windows 10 will install that printer and make it your default and no further action is necessary to have printing capabilities.

However, if for some reason your printer does not show up or is an older printer that is not UPnP capable then you can attempt to manually add that printer to Windows 10.

Just go to Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners and click/tap the Add a printer or scanner to start scanning your local network for printers.

If the printer you are looking for appears as a result then just click on it to add it to your system.

If it does not show up then you can pull up the advanced options for searching for the printer. Just click/tap The printer that I want isn't listed to open the advanced dialog.

That will then open up this dialog with more options for searching for your printer:

All of these options are self explanatory and may require extra information as indicated to get that printer discovered and installed on your system.

For the vast majority of Windows 10 users these advanced options will not be needed because printers over the last few years have the protocols built in that make them easily identified on your home network.

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.


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