Adding a Printer to Windows 8 Computer

After you do the Windows 8 installation, when you try to install printers there are a number of factors that must be considered. Depending upon the various printer manufacturers, you can install your printer in one of the two ways:

  • Plugging in your printer by pushing its rectangular-shaped connector into a little rectangular-shaped USB port on your PC, Windows 8 automatically notices, recognizes, and embraces your new printer. Stock your printer with any needed ink cartridges, toner, or paper, and you’re done.
  • In the other method, you’ll have to install their bundled software before plugging in your printer. The printer may not work properly if you don’t install the software first.

Installation Tips

In case you have a problem in installing your printer, you can get help from the printer’s user manual. Given below instructions can help you in getting this done if you printer lacks installation software. (Before you are on with process, you need to install the cartridges, add paper to the tray).

1. With Windows 8 up and running, plug your printer into your PC and turn on the printer.

2. Load the desktop’s Control Panel.

3. From the Hardware and Sound category, click the View Devices and Printers link.

The Control Panel displays its categories of devices, including your printer, if you’re lucky. If you spot your USB printer listed by its model or brand name, right-click its icon, choose Printer Properties, and click the Print Test Page button. If it prints correctly, you’re finished. Congratulations!

In case you have multiple printers attached to your computer, you need to right-click the icon of your most oft-used printer and choose “Set as Default Printer” from the pop-up menu.

  • To remove a printer you no longer use, right-click its name and then click on the “Delete”button from the pop-up menu. That Printer in Windows 8 Computer

    printer’s name no longer appears as an option when you try to print from a program. If Windows 8 asks to uninstall the printer’s drivers and software, choose “Yes” unless you think you may install that printer again sometime.

  • You can change printer options from within many programs. Choose “File” in a program’s menu bar (you may need to press Alt to see the menu bar) and then choose Print Setup or choose Print. The window that appears lets you change things such as paper sizes, fonts, and types of graphics.
  • To share a printer quickly over a network, create a Homegroup. Your printer immediately shows up as an installation option for all the computers on your network.
  • If your printer’s software confuses you, try clicking the Help buttons in its dialog boxes. Many buttons are customized for your particular printer model, and they offer advice not found in Windows 8.

So, that was some information about installing printers after you do the Windows 8 installation.