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Connecting to a Printer - Windows 7


This document contains information on connecting to a printer in Windows 7.

Connecting to a Network Printer


If you work in a network environment, you will want to connect to one or more printers.

Note: These instructions assume that you know the network name of the printer you wish to add.

  1. Click on the Start button Start button and select Devices and Printers.
    The Devices and Printers window appears.

  2. Below the address bar, select Add Printer.
    The Add Printer window appears.

  3. Select Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer.

  4. The dialog box refreshes with a new selection of options.

  5. Select The printer that I want isn't listed.

  6. Click on the circle next to Select a shared printer by name.
    Notes: Do not click browse. Begin the printer name with \\printoffice or \\printlab followed by a backslash and the specific printer name. (e.g., \\printoffice\citi04\\printlab\lab-ol1108-duplex-e)

  7. Click Next if the driver does not begin installing automatically.
    The dialog box refreshes with a new selection of options. Windows printer installation box will appear and the driver will install.

  8. A window will appear that says "You've successfully added printername on print office." Click Next.

  9. Optional: If you would like this to be your default printer, check the box next to Set as the default printer.

  10. Click Finish.
    The printer has been added.

 

Connecting to a Local Printer


If your computer is not connected to a network and your local printer does not show up in the Devices and Printers window, you will want to add a local printer.

  1. Click on the Start button Start button and select Devices and Printers.
    The Devices and Printers window appears.

  2. Below the address bar, select Add Printer.
    The Add Printer window appears.

  3. Select Add a local printer.

  4. The Choose a printer port option appears. Make sure the circle next to Use an Existing Port is selected.

  5. Click Next
    The Install the print driver screen appears.

  6. Select your printer's brand name from the manufacturer box, then select your printer's model/series number from the Printers box.

  7. Click Next
    The Type a printer name page should already have your printer name entered.

  8. Click Next
    The driver will install.

  9. The Printer Sharing screen will appear.

  10. Select the circle next to Do Not Share this Printer.

  11. Click Next.

  12. Optional: If you would like this to be your default printer, check the box next to Set as default printer.

  13. Click Finish.
    Your printer icon will now appear in the Devices and Printers window.

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