Working in a business establishment or an office often requires one to access network printers. There is one printer to be shared by multiple computers and laptops. Or at times multiple devices at home need to share a printer. In this case you need to learn how to access network printers from you Windows laptop. The following article will serve as a simple guide to help you access network printers from your laptop.
Setting Up a Printer on Your Network
First, you need to set up your printer on your network and you can do it using three ways.
- Connecting Printer Directly to Network
The simplest and the easiest way is to connect your printer directly to your network. The latest computers in the last few years have the option of in-built networking. Thus, you do not need another PC to be turned on to print or set up printer sharing processes.
- Connecting Printer to Another PC and Sharing it Over Homegroup
Connect your printer to a PC on the network and then you need to share it over Homegroup. It is very easy to set up and works best for Windows computers. However, the computer connected to the printer to remain switched on and running for other computers to use the printer.
- Connecting Printer to Another PC and Sharing it Without Homegroup
This is the best option if there are more computers using different operating systems. However, the main computer connected to the printer needs to remain switched on and kept running for other computers to use the printer.
Connecting a Network Printer in Windows 8
Switch on your printer and make sure it is connected to the network.
Open Control Panel and click Hardware and Sound.
Double-click Add a printer icon and select ‘Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer’ and click Next.
Windows will scan for the printer and when found, you select the printer and click Next. If the printer is not listed, then click ‘The printer that I want isn’t listed’. Skip to add printer by name or TCP/IP address.
In case of Windows 10, just follow the steps above and in case of Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer, select Devices and Printers to Add a device.
This is all you need to do to access network printers from your Windows laptop.