Managing Multiple Printers from One Computer
Setting your computer up to print from several printers, rather than just one, is a lot easier than you might think. Simply follow these steps.
Installing a Network, Wireless, or Bluetooth Printer
- Click “Start,” then “Devices and Printers.”
- Click “Add a Printer.”
- Click “Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer.” Your computer will then generate a list of all available printers that fit this description. This may take a moment.
- Click the printer you would like to install, then click “Next.” If you do not see the printer you wish to install, click “The printer I want isn’t listed” and type the URL or UNC path of the printer you are searching for. If you do not know this information, contact the administrator who manages the network.
- Click “Next” to install the printer.
Install Local Non-USB Printer
- Insert your printer’s CD or DVD installation disk. If you don’t have the disk, Windows will search for the drivers later. In either case, click “Start” and then “Devices and Printers.”
- Click “Add a Printer.”
- Click “Add a Local Printer,” then select “Use an Existing Port.” (It may be pre-selected for you.) A drop-down menu containing port types will appear next to the “Use Existing Ports” button. Select the appropriate port.
- Click “Next” to view a table containing a list of printers attached to your computer. The Manufacturer’s column in the table lists printer manufacturers; the Printers column lists printer models.
- Scroll through the list and click the name of the manufacturer that made the printer you want to install. A list of models will appear in the table’s Printers column. Click the model of printer you want to install.
- Click “Windows Update” if you don’t have a printer installation disk or the printer’s installation files aren’t on your hard drive. Otherwise, click “Have Disk,” then “Browse,” to view a window that displays your computer’s files and folders. Navigate to the folder or drive that contains the installation files and click the folder or drive to select.
- Click “Open.”
- Click “Next.” A name will appear in the “Printer Name” text box. Your computer will use this as the printer’s official name; if you would like to change it, type a new name into the box and click “Next.”
- Click “Do Not Share this Printer” if you want the printer to remain private and off the network. Click “Next” and then “Finish.” The printer is now installed.