For Seniors: Connect a Printer to Your Laptop
Connect a printer to your laptop whenever you need to print out a document or photo. To use a printer with your laptop, you have to install software — called a printer driver — and tell your laptop how to find the printer and what to print.
If you have a wireless printer, you connect it to your laptop in a slightly different way.
Start by reading the instructions that came with your printer. Some printers require that you manually install software before connecting them, but others install the needed software automatically and can be connected right away. After reading the instructions, turn on your laptop and then follow the option that fits your needs:
If your printer is a Plug and Play device, connect it and power it on; Windows installs what it needs automatically.
Insert the disc that came with the printer and follow the onscreen instructions.
If none of those options are suitable, you'll need to manually install the printer and perform the setup.
Choose Start→Devices and Printers.
The Devices and Printers window appears.
Click the Add a Printer link.
The Add Printer Wizard appears.
Click the Add a Local Printer option and click Next.
The Choose a Printer Port dialog box appears.
Click the down arrow on the Use an Existing Port field and select a port.
You can also just use the recommended port setting that Windows selects for you. Click Next. The Install the Printer Driver dialog box appears.
Choose a manufacturer and then choose a printer.
You have two options:
If you have the manufacturer’s disc, insert it in the appropriate CD or DVD drive now and click the Have Disk button. Click Next.
If you don’t have the manufacturer’s disc, click the Windows Update button to see a list of printer drivers that you can download from the Microsoft website. Click Next.
The Type a Printer Name dialog box appears.
Enter a printer name and click Next.
The final dialog box appears; click Finish to complete the Add Printer Wizard.
If you need to print on the go, consider a portable printer. These lightweight (5 pounds or less) units don’t offer the best print quality, but for quick, on-the-fly printing, they can be useful.