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Windows XP

Connecting to a Printer

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

return to topConnecting to a Network Printer

If you work in a network environment, you will want to connect to one or more printers.  The Add Printer Wizard makes this process easy.

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

  1. On the Taskbar, from the Start menu, select Printers and Faxes
    The Printers and Faxes window appears.

  2. From the File menu, select Add Printer
    The Add Printer Wizard dialog box appears.

  3. Click NEXT
    The dialog box refreshes with a new selection of options.

  4. Select A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer

  5. Click NEXT
    The dialog box refreshes with a new selection of options.

  6. Select Connect to this printer
    NOTE: Clicking NEXT will allow you to browse for a printer.

  7. In the Name text box, type the name of the printer
    NOTE: Begin the printer name with \\print or \\printlab (e.g., \\print\citi04; \\printlab\lab-ol1108-duplex-e)

  8. Click NEXT
    The dialog box refreshes with a new selection of options.

  9. Select whether you would like this to be your default printer by clicking the appropriate option button

  10. Click NEXT
    The dialog box refreshes with a summary of information.

  11. Verify that the printer name and default setting is accurate

  12. If the information is incorrect, click BACK and repeat the necessary steps, adjusting the information as is appropriate
    If the information is correct, click FINISH
    The printer has been added.

return to topConnecting to a Local Printer

If your computer is not connected to a network, you will want to add a local printer.  The Add Printer Wizard simplifies this process.

  1. On the Taskbar, from the Start menu, select Printers and Faxes
    The Printers and Faxes window appears.

  2. From the File menu, select Add Printer
    The Add Printer Wizard dialog box appears.

  3. Click NEXT
    The dialog box refreshes with new options.

  4. Select Local printer attached to this computer

  5. Select Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer
    NOTE: The option is selected when a checkmark appears.

  6. Click NEXT

  7. Follow the on-screen instructions

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