Hey, look who got a new Windows laptop! Welcome to the New Millennium! Let’s get you up to speed by connecting that laptop to your wireless printer!
Connecting a Windows computer to a wireless printer is fairly easy, assuming you already have a printer installed on your network. A wireless printer connects to your Windows laptop either through a technology called Bluetooth — which requires devices to be next to each other — or through a wireless network using Wi-Fi.
First, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when connecting your Windows laptop to a wireless printer:
- Your new computer is probably WiFi-enabled (unless you bought an older machine on Ebay.) If you don’t have Wi-Fi, you’ll need to connect a Bluetooth Wi-Fi transmitter to a USB port on your laptop.
- The Add a Printer wizard will walk you through the process of pairing your Windows laptop and printer. You may need a passcode (provided with your printer) for this.
Next, we’ll get your Windows laptop and your printer on the same wireless page.
Step 1. Fire up your laptop, plug in the printer, and turn it on.
Step 2. Open the Control Panel. You can access it from the Start menu.
Step 3. Select “Devices and Printers” or “View devices and printers”.
Step 4. Click Add a printer.
Step 5. Select “Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer”.
Step 6. Select your network printer from the list of available printers. Follow the prompts to install the drivers automatically. If Windows cannot find the correct drivers, you may need to download the driver from the printer manufacturer’s support site.
That’s it! You did it! Now get some work done on your new laptop (or just surf the web, whatever). Take that laptop to the most remote corners of your office or home … you can print from anywhere, without any pesky wires holding you back! (Actually, Wi-Fi signals only have a range of 50-100 feet.)
Finally, see how the folks over in the UK connect a Windows computer to a wireless printer. It’s easy!