Manually Add a Printer in Windows Vista

In Windows, you need to manually add a printer in some cases. To manually add a printer, click the Add a Printer toolbar button in the Printers window.

Your printer was probably set up when you first ran your computer. Windows asks about the printer, you answer a few questions, and then it’s done. But when you need to add another printer, especially a non-USB printer, more work is involved.

When you click the Add a Printer toolbar button, you run the Add Printer Wizard, which quizzes you about the type of printer you’re adding. Simply follow the wizard’s directions to locate and set up the printer.

Here are some tidbits to help you work through the Add Printer Wizard:

  • Let the network administrator worry about connecting network printers.

  • Don’t bother with the Plug and Play option; Windows has already recognized any Plug and Play printers.

  • The printer is most likely connected to the first printer port, code-named LPT1.

  • You should print a test page just to ensure that the operation was successful.

  • If your printer came with its own CD, you may need to install programs from that CD to begin or finish the printer installation. Refer to the documentation that came with the CD.

When the printer is connected properly, you see the test page print. You can then start using that printer. Its icon appears in the Printers and Faxes window.

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