If you want to access your printer on a laptop but don’t know how to do it, you’ve come to the right place! There are two ways to connect your printer to a laptop: wireless connection and wired connection. This article is going to teach you the easiest and fastest ways to do it.

Try these methods:

  1. Connect the printer to your laptop wirelessly
  2. Connect the printer to your laptop via a cable

Method 1: Connect the printer to your laptop wirelessly

Step 1: Connect the wireless printer to your Wi-Fi

This process will vary depending on your printer. Here are some common ways to connect your printer to the wireless network:

  • If your printer and router both have a WPS pairing button, press the WPS button on your printer and then press the corresponding button on your router.
  • On the printer’s control panel, go to the Wireless settings. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to enter the Wi-Fi network name and password.
If the ways above didn’t help, go to the printer manufacturer’s site. Then, download the Guidebook to see the right way to set up the wireless connection.

Step 2: Configure your printer on your laptop

Check which Windows operating system you’re in, then follow the corresponding way below to configure your printer on your laptop:

Add a printer to your laptop on Windows 7

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and select Devices and Printers.

2) Click Add a printer.

3) Select Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.

4) Select the printer you want, then click Next.

5) Click Next.

6) Type a printer name and click Next.

After you finish this step, your printer will be added to your laptop successfully.

Add a printer to your laptop on Windows 10

1) Turn on your printer.

2)On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and click the Settings button.

3) Select Devices.

4) Select Printers & scanners, then click Add a printer or scanner.

5) Select the printer you want and click Add device.

After you complete this step, Windows will install the corresponding driver for your printer. Then, your printer will be connected to your laptop automatically.

To keep your printer running smoothly, it is important to update drivers for it. Follow step 3 to update printer drivers with Driver Easy.

Step 3: Update printer drivers with Driver Easy

Printer problems may occur if you’re using the wrong printer driver or it’s out of date. So you should update your printer driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Method 2: Connect the printer to your laptop via a cable

If you have the right printer cable, you can also connect your printer to your laptop via the cable.

Step 1: Identify the right cable to connect the printer to your laptop

Check the port on your printer and your laptop to see which type of cable can be used to connect your printer to your laptop.

Step 2: Attach the cable to your printer and to the laptop

Connect your printer to your laptop with the cable, and your Windows system will automatically install the right driver for your printer. Then you should be able to use your printer on your laptop.

To keep your printer running smoothly, it is important to update drivers for it. Follow step 3 to update printer drivers with Driver Easy.

Step 3: Update printer drivers with Driver Easy

Printer problems may occur if you’re using the wrong printer driver or it’s out of date. So you should update your printer driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Hopefully, this article helped! Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions and suggestions.

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