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How to add a printer to Windows 11

Whether you own a wired printer that connects via a USB cable, a wireless printer on a WiFi network, or a Bluetooth printer, adding and setting up printing on Windows 11 is generally quite simple. This article will show you how to add a printer to a Windows 11 PC.

Add a printer to Windows 11

First, make sure your printer is powered on and plugged in if it’s a traditional wired printer. For WiFi printers, make sure the device is connected to the same network as your computer.

Windows 11 automatically downloads the software your printer needs to work.

To add a printer to your Windows 11 system, first click on the Start button, enter the keyword “Settings” in the search bar, and press Enter. You can also open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I. On the left side of the Settings menu that opens, click on the “Bluetooth & devices” item.

Click “Bluetooth & devices”

On the next page, click “Printers & scanners”.

Click “Printers & scanners”

On the Printers & scanners page, click the “Add device” button near the top right. It will take some time for Windows to try to detect your printer.

Click on “Add device” button

If your printer does not appear, click “Add manually”. A pop-up window will pop up, showing you a few options.

Click on “My printer is a little older. Help me find it.” if you plug the printer into your computer. In case it is a wireless printer, select “Add a Bluetooth, wireless or network discoverable printer“.

Once you have made your selection, click “Next”.

Click “Next”

Simply follow the suggestions displayed on the screen to establish the connection if Windows 11 detects the printer.

Printer Troubleshooting

If you are unable to connect your printer to your Windows PC, here are some solutions you can try.

Restart your Windows 11 PC

In some situations, you can restart your Windows 11 PC to fix problems, install updates, complete the installation process, or perform some other necessary tasks. If your printer is not detected or is detected but is not working correctly, restarting your PC may help resolve the issue.

Double check the instructions

Today’s modern printer models often come with a lot of convenient extras, but they also come with problems that can occur during setup. Make sure that any setup instructions that came with the printer are followed closely and that all connections to your computer are correct.

Manufacturer’s driver

If your printer has advanced functions or Windows 11 does not install the correct printer driver, you may need to manually download driver packages from the manufacturer. Use the installation disc that came in the printer’s box or visit the manufacturer’s website to download the driver.

I wish you always had a good experience with your printer!

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