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Chapter 13. Printing and Faxing > Installing a Printer

Installing a Printer

To install a printer, you do not need to shut down your computer. Simply attach the printer cable to the appropriate connector on your computer, according to the manufacturer's instructions, and plug in the power cord. If you connect your printer to your computer through a USB port, Windows detects the new hardware device and installs the printer, and you are ready to print. Otherwise, you can use the Add Printer Wizard in conjunction with the Found New Hardware Wizard to detect and install the printer. The Add Printer Wizard asks you a series of questions to help you install either a local or network printer, establish a connection, and print a test page.

Set Up a Local Printer Using the Add Printer Wizard

Click the Start button, and then click Printers And Other Hardware (Home) or Printers And Faxes (Pro).

Click Add A Printer, and then click Next.

Click the Local Printer Attached To This Computer option.

Select the Automatically Detect And Install My Plug And Play Printer check box, and then click Next.

Click the Port list arrow, select the port to which the printer is connected, and then click Next.

Select the printer manufacturer and model, and then click Next.

Type a printer name.

Click the Yes or No option to use the printer as the default printer, and then click Next.

Click the Do Not Share This Printer option, or click the Share Name Option and type a share printer name, and then click Next.

Click the Yes or No option to print a test page, and then click Next.

Click Finish.


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