How Do You Connect a Printer to a Computer?


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To connect a wired printer to a Windows computer, simply plug the printer cord into one of the USB ports on the computer. Once it is connected, the printer can be turned on, and installation should begin automatically.

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To connect a wireless printer to a Windows computer, Windows recommends referring to the instructions that came with the printer as the proper connection process depends on the brand. If someone else in the home already has a shared printer installed on a home network, another person can join that group and use that printer.

To find out what printers are installed with a particular computer with Windows 8 installed, hover the arrow on the right side of the screen and choose Settings, then click Change PC settings. Click the icon for PC and Devices, then click on the Devices tab. Any installed printer should appear under the Printers section. If there are no printers listed, but there is a printer connected to the computer, click the Add a Device link, then select the printer to begin installation. If there are no printers on the list, make sure the printer is turned on and either connected to the computer by a USB cord or connected via a Wi-Fi connection.

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