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How to Connect to a Network Printer - Windows 7

Step by Step

Our campus has many network printers, after inquiring to which you may print to, this guide will show you how to connect to it


  • The following steps illustrate how to install a network printer on your computer using TCP/IP in Windows 7. In order to complete the steps you will need to log in to an administrator account on the computer and know details such as the printer model and IP address.


  • Click the Start button, type print in the Search programs and files box and click Add a printer.



  • Choose Add a local printer.



  •  Click the bullet which says Create a new port and use the drop down menu to choose Standard TCP/IP Port.



  • Click Next.
  • In the Hostname or IP Address field enter the IP Address for the printer you are adding.

NOTE:  This IP Adress is just an example


  • Click Next.
  • Choose the driver that corresponds to your printer model (or click the Have Disk button to search for downloaded drivers).




  • Click Next.
  • Click the bullet beside Use the driver that is currently installed (recommended).



  • Click Next.
  • Make sure the bullet is selected beside Do not share this printer.
  • Click Next.
  • Click to put a check mark beside of Set as the default printer (if you do wish to make it your default printer).
  • Click the Print a test page button (if you wish to do so).
  • Click Finish. Your printer should now be set up and ready to use.