For Seniors: Connect a Wireless Printer to Your Laptop
A wireless printer connects to your laptop either through a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection. After connecting a wireless printer to your laptop, you can print out documents, photos, and other files. Both bluetooth and Wi-Fi are short-range wireless connections (meaning you have to be near the printer to connect to it). Wi-Fi is a special connection you might use to connect a printer to your home network.
To use a Bluetooth-based wireless printer, you may have to connect a Bluetooth transmitter to a USB port on your laptop.
This transmitter is a small device about the size of a flash storage drive that transmits a signal to your printer. If you have a Wi-Fi–enabled laptop, you can skip this step.
Choose Start→Devices and Printers and click the Add a Printer link in the window that appears.
You can also accomplish the setup for a Bluetooth connection by clicking the Add A Bluetooth Device choice instead of Add A Printer — and then letting Windows detect the device.
Choose Add a Network, Wireless, or Bluetooth Printer.
The Add a Printer wizard walks you through the process of pairing your laptop and printer; you may need a passcode (provided with your printer) for this. Follow the instructions provided by the wizard.
Once you’ve installed the printer, you should be able to print just as you would with any other kind of printer, but without the hassle of extra wires littering your desk. If you run into a problem, check your wireless printer’s instructions for help.