CHAPTER 20Installing and Managing Printers

Installing a printer is usually an easy job. One rule applies to installing any hardware, and it certainly applies to printers: Read the instructions that came with the printer first. Trying to save time by ignoring the instructions and “winging it” is likely to cost you more time in getting the thing to work.

In many cases, you have the option to connect the printer to a USB port or a printer port. If your computer is a member of a network, you may want to install a shared printer that's physically connected to some other computer or a printer that is directly connected to the network. This chapter looks at different ways of installing printers, including using the Windows 10 Devices tool, which you can run from Settings, as well as techniques for managing installed printers using the legacy Devices and Printers tool in Control Panel.

Windows 10 also includes support for wireless printing and far easier and more efficient support for ad-hoc connection to printers. Windows 10 also supports NFC (Near Field Communications) tap-to-pair technology.

You don't have to do anything special to connect to printers using these technologies. Both WI-FI Direct and NFC tap-to-pair implementation depends on the printers. Newer printers support ...

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