How to 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.

Windows 10
Windows 8
Windows Vista and 7
Windows 2000 and XP
Windows 95, 98, or ME

Connect network printer in Windows 10

  1. Turn on your printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
  2. Open the Control Panel
  3. Click on Hardware and Sound.
  4. Double-click the Add a printer icon.
  5. Select "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" and click Next.
  6. Let Windows scan for the printer and if detected, select the printer and click Next. If the printer is not listed, click "The printer that I want isn't listed" and skip to add printer by name or TCP/IP address.

If you know the printer's name, choose "Select a shared printer by name" and enter the path to the printer. For example, with a network named "hope" and a printer named "hp", the network path would be: "\\hope\hp".

If you do not know the printer's path, but have the printers IP address, select "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname".

Click Next.

  1. If during the install, Windows asks for drivers, point to the location of your printer drivers. If you do not have drivers, visit our printer drivers section to find links to all printer drivers.

Connect network printer in Windows 8

  1. Turn on your printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
  2. Open the Control Panel
  3. Click on Hardware and Sound.
  4. Double-click the Add a printer icon.
  5. Select "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" and click Next.
  6. Let Windows scan for the printer and if detected, select the printer and click Next. If the printer is not listed, click "The printer that I want isn't listed" and skip to add printer by name or TCP/IP address.

If you know the printer's name, choose "Select a shared printer by name" and enter the path to the printer. For example, with a network named "hope" and a printer named "hp", the network path would be: "\\hope\hp".

If you do not know the printer's path, but have the printers IP address, select "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname".

Click Next.

  1. If during the install, Windows asks for printer drivers, point to the location of your drivers. If you do not have drivers, visit our printer drivers section to find links to all printer drivers.

Connect network printer in Windows Vista and 7

  1. Turn on your printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
  2. Open the Control Panel
  3. Click on Hardware and Sound.
  4. Double-click the Add a printer icon.
  5. Select "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" and click Next.
  6. Let Windows scan for the printer and if detected, select the printer and click Next. If the printer is not listed, click "The printer that I want isn't listed" and skip to add printer by name or TCP/IP address.

If you know the printer's name, choose "Select a shared printer by name" and enter the path to the printer. For example, with a network named "hope" and a printer named "hp", the network path would be: "\\hope\hp".

If you do not know the printer's path, but have the printer's IP address, select "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname".

Click Next.

  1. If during the install, Windows asks for printer drivers, point to the location of your drivers. If you do not have drivers, visit our printer drivers section to find links to all printer drivers.

Connect network printer in Windows 2000 and XP

  1. Turn on your printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
  2. Open the Control Panel
  3. Double-click the Printers or Printers and Faxes icon.
  4. Double-click the Add a printer icon.
  5. Once in the Printer Wizard, click the Next button to get started.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 computer, 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 network rights and that any installed firewall is temporarily disabled.
  8. Once the network path to the printer has been typed in, click Next.
  9. 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 printer drivers section.

Connect printer in Windows 95, 98, or ME

  1. Turn on your printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
  2. Open the Control Panel
  3. Double-click Printers
  4. Double-click the Add a printer icon.
  5. Click Next to start the Add a printer wizard.
  6. Select Network Printer and click Next.
  7. Type the network path for the printer. For example, with a network named "hope" and a printer named "hp", the network path would be: "\\hope\hp".
  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 printer drivers section.