How to Map a Printer

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There are many different types of printers available for computers. More expensive printers offer direct network connectivity, while others must be directly connected to an individual computer with a USB cable. You can map a printer whether a printer connects to the local area network directly or is shared on the network through another computer. Mapping a printer to your computer allows you to print to that printer through the network without the need for a direct connection to the printer.

  • Click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen.

  • Click "Control Panel."

  • Click "Device and Printers."

  • Click "Add a Printer."

  • Click "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer."

  • Click the desired printer, and then click the "Next" button.

  • Click to choose the correct print driver, if the printer is directly connected to the network. If the printer is shared from another computer, the driver installs automatically. If a driver is not found, manually download the appropriate driver from the printer manufacturer's website.

  • Click "Next" twice.

  • Click "Finish."

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