How to Set Up a Wireless Printer on Windows 10

Agree or not, but we live in a strange world! On one hand where almost a majority of individuals and communities are aiming for a “Paperless world,” there are still some people who believe that recording information on a piece of paper is the most concrete evidence. Whose side are you on? Yes, it’s a never-ending debate.

Well, if you take a close look at the past decade, the need for storing information on paper has gradually decreased since we started to rely more on cloud services and applications. But there are still a few times when printing a document on paper becomes a must or a dire need, be it your airline tickets (exceptions are always there), a word document, a college documentary, travel itinerary, or almost anything. Printers have not become obsolete, yet!

Set Up a Wireless Printer on Windows 10
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Earlier setting up a printer invited so many challenges, be it space, connectivity troubles, power outlet availability, and many more. But not anymore! The modern-day printers are equipped with WiFi capabilities, allowing you to connect the device anywhere around your office or home without any hassle, and no cables,    of course (Phew).

Set Up a Wireless Printer on Windows 10
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Here’s a quick guide on how to set up a wireless printer on your Windows 10 PC or laptop to avail remote access for printing documents, in just a few clicks.

Let’s get started.

How to Set Up a Wireless Printer on Windows 10

The process of setting up a wireless printer on Windows 10 is pretty simple and straightforward. To begin with, you need first to add your printer to your home network. Here’s what you need to do.

Tap the Windows icon, and type “Printers and Scanners” in the search bar and hit enter. Select “Printers and Scanners” option from the menu.

Now make sure that your printer is connected to a power outlet and then turn it ON.

How to Set Up a Wireless Printer on Windows 10
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Tap on “Add a Printer or a Scanner” option. Wait for a few minutes until your printer device is automatically detected by Windows.

How to Set Up a Wireless Printer on Windows 10
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Once Windows has detected your device, you will see its name on the screen. Tap on the “Add a Device” button placed right next to it.

If you’re lucky, your Windows will detect the device in one go. If not, then read on.

Unable to Detect the Printer?

Is your Windows unable to find the printer? Don’t worry! You’re not alone. There’s a huge possibility that your Windows might not be able to locate your printer in one shot. But there’s nothing to be disheartened about.

Let’s try a little troubleshooting to fix this issue.

Repeat the above-listed steps until you reach the “Add a Printer or Scanner” page in Windows settings.

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Tap on the “The Printer that I Want isn’t Listed” to allow Windows to locate your device on the home network.

Select “Add a Bluetooth, Wireless, or Network Discoverable Printer” to manually initiate the device locating process.

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Once the printer’s name appears on the list, tap on it to connect it to your Windows 10 laptop or PC.

If you’re still out of luck and if your Windows machine is not able to find the printer, here are a few useful hacks to fix the “Missing Network Printer” issue on Windows 10. Sometimes there may be a few hardware or software related issues that stand in the way of your Windows 10 system and printer device. But yes, by making a few tweaks in the settings and by performing troubleshooting, these issues can be easily fixed.


This wraps up our guide on how to set up a wireless printer on Windows 10 laptop or PC. We hope these steps mentioned above help you in setting up a wireless printer and troubleshooting any printer-related issue on Windows.

Do you think printers will become obsolete in the next five years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments space. Looking forward to hearing from you!


  • comment_avtar
    Thanks for this useful step by step process .I really like to read this article and understanding this concept easily

    4 years ago

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