How to configure a printer in a network | Printer Network Setup

This article explains how to configure a network printer which is already in your computer network

How to setup a network printer in windows

Printer is required in your office computer. To print the project documents and other documents you require a printer. We will see how to setup a network printer in windows machine.

Here are the steps to configure a network printer in your machine.

Before start your printer setup you need to know the printer name or the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the printer in order to configure.

Step 1

Open the printer and click the "Add Printer" tool. A popup window will open and it will ask you to "Choose a local or network printer" like the below window.

To add a network printer

Step 2

The next window "Find a printer by name or TCP/IP address" will ask you to enter the printer name or add a printer by using its TCP/IP address or hostname. If you know the exact name of the printer or the TCP/IP address then enter it in the textbox below "Select a shared printer by name" and go to the Step 4 skip the step 3 if you know the exact printer path otherwise find a printer by selecting "Find a printer in the directory, based on location or feature" option.

Find a printer by name or TCP/IP address

Step 3

If you selected the "Find Printer" option then it will show a window to find the printer by name or location or model. If you know any one of this you can Select the "Entire Directory" option otherwise select a specific directory(Specific domain) and then enter the name or location or model and click "Find Now" button to find the printer and then select the appropriate printer from the list and click "OK" button.

To find a printer

Step 4

It will install the printer by automatically if the driver is found within windows OS otherwise give the printer manufacturer CD and complete the setup. Now it will show the printer name and you can also set the printer as default printer if you have more than one printer.

Type a printer name

Now the installation of the network printer is completed and the Next step is to test the printer by clicking the "Print a test page" otherwise click "Finish" button to complete the printer setup.

Printer installed successfully

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