Add a wireless printer in Windows 10

How to Add a Wireless Printer in Windows 10


When you quickly need to print something but your printer is packed away somewhere, or you need to keep plugging in a pesky USB cable, don’t you just despite those times? Picking up a wireless printer allows for remote access to the peripheral. Enabling Windows 10 to print, fax, and scan without being physically attached to the unit. You can easily find the printer on a network. Let’s take a look at how to set up your wireless Windows 10 compatible printers.

  • Connecting your printer
  • Can’t windows find your printer?
  • Set default printer

I will be using my trusty HP 4500 for this guide. On concord, any wireless printer or all-in-one should work just fine. We’ll be looking at direct connections. Should you be interested in learning more about HomeGroup in Windows 10. This guide enables you to set up a printer and configure the sharing of printers and content.

Connecting your printer

Connecting your printer

Let’s take a look at how to add your wireless printer in Windows 10.

  • By pressing Windows Key + Q, open Cortana.
  • Enter “printer.”


  • Select Printers & Scanners.
  • Turn on the printer.
  • Refer to the manual to connect it to your Wi-Fi network. This process varies not just from manufacturer to manufacturer, unfortunately, but often from printer to printer.
  • Tap on Add a scanner or printer.
  • Select the printer from the results.

printer or scanner

  • Tap Add the device.

You should be now good to go. This process will also work with wired printers. Simply plug in the unit and follow the steps above.

Can’t windows find your printer?

Can't find your printer

There’s a chance that for some reason Windows may be unable to locate your printer. It’s not the end of the world and the issue could be easily rectified by attempting to connect the printer to Windows 10 manually. We’ll need to run through a wizard. Here’s how:

  • By pressing Windows Key + Q, open Cortana.
  • Enter “printer.”
  • Select Printers & Scanners.
  • Tap Add a printer or scanner.

windows printers and scanners

  • Choose The printer that I want isn’t listed.
  • Select Add a Bluetooth, wireless or network printer.
  • Choose the connected printer.

Ensure it’s switched on and both the printer if you are still unable to see your printer. And your Windows 10 PC are on the same local network.

Change the default printer

Change the default printer

By selecting the one used recently on the connected network, windows attempts to set the default printer. This is toggled on by default and will mean that the OS can remember which printer to use when switching between networks. Everyone don’t need or want this functionality. This is also easy to turn it off.

  • By pressing Windows Key + Q, open Cortana.
  • Enter “printer.”
  • Select Printers & Scanners.
  • Turn “Let Windows manage my default printer” to off.

Let Windows manage my default printer

  • Choose the printer you wish to set as default from the list of devices.
  • Select Manage.


  • Click Set as default.

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