How to make a laptop see the printer

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

  • In Apple settings, select “WI-FI” to see all available networks.
  • For smooth processing, make sure your iPhone / iPad and printer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network (this is especially important in an office setting where multiple networks may be connected)

Find your settings

  • Once turned on and ready for setup, you need to connect the printer to your home Wi-Fi
  • Although the installation steps vary by manufacturer, most modern printers will have an LCD screen that lists the available Wi-Fi networks.
  • On this screen, click around and find the setup page that allows you to configure your wireless LAN settings

Link your Wi-Fi network

  • After accessing the local network settings, you will need to find the home network service set identifier, better known as the SSID
  • You can find your SSID by hovering over the WI-FI icon located in the lower right corner of the taskbar
  • Your SSID is also located on the bottom or side of your ISP’s router

How to set up a new printer

Trying to start up your new printer? Here are the basic steps you will follow to set up just about any printer.

Plug in the printer power cord and make sure the power is turned on.

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Connect the supplied cable (usually a USB cable) from the printer to the computer. The process is different if you are using a wireless printer; we will talk about it later.

Find printer settings on your computer. If you are using a Windows computer, you will find them in Control Panel. If you are using a Mac, you will find them in System Preferences.

Find the Add Printer option. then follow the instructions that appear.

Now it’s time to try typing something! For example, you can try printing this test page. After you click the link, choose File Print from your web browser‘s menu, or just press Ctrl P on your keyboard (or Command P. if you’re on a Mac).

A dialog box will appear. Find and select your new printer from the list, then click Print.

The item will then be printed, but if that doesn’t work, don’t panic! You can try some of the below solutions to common problems.

Check printer

After installing the printer, you can use Windows to print a self-test page to test the printer’s operation.

How to connect a printer to a computer

Connecting a computer to a printer has become easier than ever as we enter the age of innovative technology, but it seems that the amount, color, size and complexity of all wiring can get lost in translation. Even if you think you know how to connect point A to point B, it takes a lot more than just plugging and unplugging to get the results you want.

In our digital age, there are two types of printing. wired and wireless, we’ll show you how to connect your printer to your computer, laptop or handheld device.

Make your computer more visible

If you occasionally have problems displaying items on the screen in Windows, you can adjust the settings to make text and images appear larger on the screen, improve the contrast between items on the screen, and hear screen text read aloud.

You can customize many of these settings to Make your computer easier to view the page in the Ease of Access Center. For other settings, see Optimizing the display on your monitor.

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Open Make the computer easier to understand for the page. by clicking the Start button. by clicking Control Panel. by clicking Ease of Access. by clicking Ease of Access Center. and then clicking Make this computer easier see

Select the options you want to use:

Select the High Contrast theme. This option allows you to set a high contrast color scheme that enhances the color contrast of text and images on your computer screen, making these elements more legible and easier to identify.

Enables or disables high contrast when pressing Left Alt Left Shift Print Screen. This option allows you to turn the high contrast theme on or off by pressing Left Alt Left Shift Print Screen.

Turn on Narrator. This setting allows Narrator to launch when you log on to your computer. Narrator reads the text on the screen aloud and describes some events (such as error messages) that occur while you use your computer.

Include audio description. This option allows you to trigger audio descriptions when you log in. Audio description describes what is happening in the video.

Resize text and icons. This option allows you to increase the size of text and other elements on the screen so that they are easier to see.

Turn on the magnifier. This option sets the magnifier to start when you log in. Magnifier magnifies the part of the screen that the mouse is pointing at, and can be especially useful for viewing objects that are difficult to see.

Adjust color and transparency of window borders. This option allows you to change the appearance of the window borders to make them easier to see.

Fine-tune display effects: This option allows you to customize the display of certain items on the desktop.

Set the thickness of the blinking cursor. This option allows you to make the blinking cursor thicker and more visible in dialog boxes and programs.

Disable all unnecessary animations. This option disables animation effects such as fading effects when Windows and other elements are closed.

Remove background images. This option turns off all unimportant overlapping content and background images to make the screen easier to see.

Computer without CD-ROM drive

If your computer does not have a floppy drive, or you have lost your CD, you can download the software for your printer from the manufacturer’s printer driver page. After downloading the drivers, you can run the file to install the drivers.

There are no drivers for my operating system

Newer operating systems may not support all older printers. For example, Windows 10 may not support a printer that was manufactured years before it was released. If drivers are not listed on the printer driver page, your operating system or your versions of Windows do not support that printer. You can try to install an earlier version of the operating system drivers and it may work. However, for full support, consider purchasing a new printer.

Connecting the Printer to a Computer

Connect your printer to your computer using a USB cable, parallel cable, or SCSI cable, and then plug the power cord into a power outlet.Today, most home computer printers use a USB cable like the one shown in the example.

A laptop computer works the same as a desktop computer and can use any of the above connections if available.

Smartphone and tablet users must have a printer that connects to devices wirelessly or over the Internet to print.

Connect a network printer in Windows 2000 and XP

  • Turn on the printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
  • Open the control panel.
  • Double-click the Printers or Printers and Faxes icon.
  • Double-click the Add Printer icon.
  • In the printer wizard, click Next. to get started.
  • Select either a Network printer or a printer attached to another computer or a Network printer and click Next, the option depends on which version of Windows you are using.
  • Enter the name of the network address of the printer. The address. this is the computer name followed by the printer name. For example, for a network named Hope and a printer named HP, the network path would be \\ hope \ HP. If you are adding a printer to a Windows XP computer, click the Browse icon. to browse your network and find your printer. If you are unable to connect to the printer or view and see the printer, make sure you have network rights and that any installed firewall is temporarily disabled.
  • After entering the network path to the printer, click Next.
  • If your computer does not have printer drivers, you need to install them from the driver disc or download them from the Internet. If you no longer have the software or drivers for your printer, find the drivers for your printer in our printer drivers section.
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How to make the computer see the printer

Connect a network printer in Windows Vista and 7

  • Turn on the printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
  • Open the control panel.
  • Click Hardware and Sound.
  • Double click the Add Printer icon.
  • Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer and click Next.
  • Allow Windows to scan the printer. If found, select your printer and click Next. If the printer is not listed, click The printer that I want is not listed and skip to add the printer by name or TCP / IP address.

If you know the name of the printer, select Select a shared printer by name and enter the path to the printer. For example, for a network named hope and a printer named HP, the network path would be \\ hope \ HP.

If you do not know the path to the printer, but you know its IP address, select Add Printer Using TCP / IP Address or Hostname.

  • If Windows prompts for printer drivers during installation, specify the location of your drivers. If you don’t have drivers, visit our printer drivers section to find links to all printer drivers.

Turning on the printer

Once the printer is connected to your computer, you can turn it on by using the power button on the front of the printer, usually located in the front right corner of the printer. However, the location of the buttons depends on the type of your printer. Older laser printers may even have a power switch in one of the rear bottom corners of the printer.

❶ Incorrect exit from “sleep”

Far more than once I came across incorrect operation of drivers for a number of printers. If the computer was in a dream (or the “Hibernation” mode was used). and then left it and “tried” to send documents for printing. an error appears that the printer is not connected, check the connection, etc.

Therefore, the first tip: restart the printer and the computer. Check that the LED on the printer is “on” indicating that it is connected to the network.

One of the Epson printers. device is connected to the network

❷ Broken wire, broken USB port, etc.

In this subsection of the article, I decided to bring out the most popular reasons for the invisibility of printers (associated with its connection). who have already set the teeth on edge for everyone who often eliminates such issues.

Broken USB cable / As an example

  • USB cable: is there any damage, twists, pets, etc. It is highly advisable to try to replace it with another, or check it on a working printer / PC (note: just in some cases, the damage inside may not be visible to the eye);
  • Pay attention to the USB port itself. is it loose, dust / dirt? If possible, try connecting the device to a different port;
  • Pay attention to how you have connected the USB cable from the printer: are you using different adapters? (note: some people connect the device to USB ports on the monitor, keyboard, etc.) Try connecting the printer directly to the USB port on the back of the PC;
  • if you have a very long USB cable, replace it with a shorter one.

❸ No printer driver

In general, the modern Windows 10 operating system finds and installs drivers for most equipment (including printers with scanners) automatically, immediately after connecting them to the USB port (if you have a different OS, then in most cases you have to install the driver manually from disk / from network).

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Anyway, I recommend checking for a driver. To do this. open the Device Manager, click the “Refresh” button and look at the “Print Queue” tab. If the driver is installed on the printer, you should find its model among the list of devices (see my example below).

If your printer model is not among this list, open another tab “Disk drives” (if any). and see if there are any devices with yellow exclamation marks in it (which means the driver is not installed).

To update the driver: just click on the desired device with the right mouse button and select “Update driver” from the menu that appears. Next, specify the automatic installation option. and Windows itself will try to find and update the driver. Conveniently?!

If you could not update the driver in this way, I recommend that you read the instructions, the link to which is given below.

❹ No driver for USB controller

It is possible that you do not have a driver installed on the USB controller and therefore the printer connected to USB is simply not detected and invisible to the computer (however, it is worth noting that in this case no device connected to this USB port will work ).

You can view the status of USB controller drivers in the same device manager (see the example below in the screenshot).

In general, it is very convenient to update drivers for such “narrow” pieces of hardware (and pre-install various system libraries) using the Driver Booster utility. After installing and launching it, you just need to wait for the analysis of the system, and then check the boxes that you want to update (see the screen below, the controllers are updated in the first line.).

Driver Booster. one button to update ALL drivers

The computer does not see the printer (MFP): what can be done before calling the wizard.

Good day.

The greatest number of problems with a printer (or MFP) usually occurs after buying and setting up a new device (when all its features are unknown. ).

A similar situation may occur after reinstalling Windows (when the previous settings fail). As a rule, in both cases, in order to cope with the invisibility of the printer, it is enough to correctly connect the device and install the required driver.

But in some cases, a similar problem comes, as they say, out of the blue (when the reason is not obvious). Actually, in this note I will consider a similar option, and I will give several recommendations (it is possible that by following them, you can restore the operation of the device yourself and save on calling the wizard).

Note: if you have a problem when printing over a Wi-Fi network. for a while, to check the printer’s operation and the correct installation of drivers, I recommend connecting it via USB.

Why the computer / laptop does not see the printer

❻ Another print device selected (default)

Many novice users when working in Office (Excel, for example), after clicking on the “File / Print” menu, do not find their printer in the list of available ones (some of them send the file to print without looking at all and, of course, nothing happens). In order for your connected printer to be selected by all programs by default (that is, you pressed “print” and the printer “buzzed” after 3-5 seconds). you need to tweak one thing.

To do this, you first need to open the Windows Control Panel and go to the “Hardware and Sound / Devices and Printers”.

Hardware and sound. devices and printers

Next, find the desired printer (MFP) among the devices, right-click on it and select “Use as default” from the menu. See example below.

If everything went well, a green checkmark should light up next to this printer (as in my example).

Now, when sending a file for printing (in the same Excel), the program will automatically select the printer we need and you will not have to waste time on this.