How do I connect to a network printer in Windows?

Canon printerBelow are the steps required for connecting to a working printer on a network and print to it.

Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel
  2. Double-click the "Printers" or "Printers and Faxes" icon.
  3. Double-click the "Add a printer" icon.
  4. Once in the Printer Wizard click the Next button to get started.
  5. Select either "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer" or "Network Printer" and click Next. The option depends on what version of Windows you are using.
  6. Type the name of the printer's network address. The address is the name of the computer and then the name of the printer. For example with a network named "hope" and a printer named "hp", the network path would be: "\\hope\hp". If you are adding the printer on a Windows XP click the Browse icon to browse your network and locate the printer. If you're unable to connect to the printer or browse and see the printer make sure you have the network rights and that any installed firewall is temporarily disabled.
  7. Once the path has been typed in click Next.
  8. If the computer does not have the drivers for the printer you need to install the drivers either from a drivers disc or from a download on the Internet. If you no longer have the software or drivers for your printer you can locate the drivers for your printer through our printers driver section.

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, or ME

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel
  2. Double-click Printers
  3. Double-click the "Add a printer" icon.
  4. Click Next to start the Add a printer wizard.
  5. Select Network Printer and click Next.
  6. Type the network name of the printer. For example with a network named "hope" and a printer named "hp", the network path would be: "\\hope\hp".
  7. If the computer does not have the drivers for the printer you need to install the drivers either from a drivers disc or from a download on the Internet. If you no longer have the software or drivers for your printer you can locate the drivers for your printer through our printers driver section.