Windows® 7 Add Printer
What is the procedure to add a printer on Windows 7?
In order to take hard copies of data from your system, you need to connect a printer to the system. A printer can be local printer or a network printer such as a Bluetooth printer. Various options exist to add a printer to the system. The options depend upon the printer device itself. The most common method is to connect the printer directly to the system. Such printers are known as local printers and printer connection through any network methods are known as network printers. If the printer is a USB type, then the system can recognize that type automatically, and thus the installation will begin automatically. You need to follow some instructions to add a printer to the system.
More details about adding a printer to a Windows 7 system are discussed in the following:
- Tips to add a local printer
- Ways to add a network printer
- Things to keep in mind
Tips to add a local printer
The initial step to add a local printer to the system is the printer connection wizard. You need to connect the printer device to the system correctly. You then need to follow the manufacturers instructions to do this correctly. If Windows cannot automatically install the printer, then you need to follow some steps. The 'Printer' option is accessible from the Control Panel. Then the 'Add Printer' option is to be selected followed by 'Add Local Printer'. Use an existing port, the printer port is to be selected. After all these steps, you need to select the 'Finish' option to complete the process.
Ways to add a network printer
To add a Network printer or Bluetooth printer on a Windows 7 system, you need to follow the same initial steps as you did with a local printer. After selecting 'Add Printer' option from Control Panel, the 'Add Network or Bluetooth Printer' option is to be selected instead of 'Add Local Printer'. To complete the process, you need to select the 'Finish' option.
Things to keep in mind
You need to remember certain important points while adding a printer to the system. Connection settings is the most important thing. Only if the physical settings are done properly, you can follow the remaining processes. So, you have to check if the printer is listed in the Device Manager, after all the physical settings are in place. The next thing that you need to remember is the installation of proper printer drivers. Printer permission is important if you add network or a Bluetooth printer to the system. Only if you have permission to add network printer, can you complete the process of adding a pinter to a Windows 7 system.
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