How to Connect Printers and Devices in Windows 10

By Peter Weverka

Windows 10 makes it easy to connect a new printer (or any other device) to your computer or Homegroup network for several computers to access. To connect a printer

  1. Take your printer out of the box. Keep all the packing material together until you know you won’t need to return the printer.
  2. Arrange all the components for easy access. In addition to the printer, you’ll probably find ink cartridges or a toner cartridge, a power cable, and a CD with printer software.
  3. Read the setup instructions that come with your printer.

    Some of these steps apply to other devices, such as a mouse, a webcam, or a microphone. Printers often have more packaging and require more assembly than other devices.

  4. Remove all tape from the printer. Most printers ship with the print mechanism locked in place to prevent it from moving during shipping. Look for brightly colored tape, paper, or plastic indicating what you need to move or remove to release the print mechanism.
  5. Put the printer within cable length of your computer.
  6. Insert the ink or toner cartridge before you turn on the printer for the first time.
  7. Place some paper in the paper drawer or tray.
  8. Connect the printer to the power supply.
  9. Plug the printer cable into the printer and into the computer.

    Your printer may have come with a disc with a printer driver and other software. You don’t need that disc unless Windows 10 fails to correctly install a driver automatically.

  10. Turn on the printer. You may see some informational messages as Windows 10 handles the configuration.