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How to Connect to a Printer in Windows XP

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Let's connect to a printer since now you have a share printer. Click here for a tutorial on how to share a printer.

To connect to your printer on the network, follow this tutorial:


1.) Go to Start and click Printers and Faxes

Printers and Faxes icon
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2.) Under Printer Tasks, click Add a printer to open the Add Printer Wizard.

Add a Printer
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3.) The Add Printer Wizard opens, click Next.

Then select A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer, and then click Next.

Network Printer connect
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4.) Connect to the desired printer using one of the following three methods.

Add Printer Wizard
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1.) Browse for a printer (Search for a printer in Active Directory)

If you are logged on to a Windows domain that runs Active Directory then you can choose this method.

  • Click Find a printer in the directory
  • Click Next.
  • Click the Browse button to the right of Location, click the printer location, and then click OK.
  • Click Find Now.
  • Click the printer you want to connect to, and then click OK.
Find printer in active directory
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2.) Connect to this printer (Type the printer name or browse for it)

  • Click Connect to this printer.
  • Type the printer name using the following format: \\printserver_name\share_name
  • If you type the name correctly then you will be able to install the new printer.
Connect to this printer
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3.) The third method is pretty cool. It is Connect to the printer on the Internet or on a home or office network.

Note: If you have permission to a printer, you can use the printer's URL to connect to it across the Internet. (Please check your printer's documentation if you can't connect to the printer through the Internet.)

  • Click Connect to a printer on the Internet or on your intranet.
  • Type the URL to the printer using the following format: http://printserver_name/Printers/share_name/.printer
URL Printing
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Connecting to a shared printer is very helpful when you have a printer that only uses USB connection. This means the printer has no wireless antenna or Ethernet port. The USB only printer can connect to your computer and on your computer you would share it and then you can connect to it using the printer's share name like I showed you in this tutorial.

You can also quickly connect to a shared printer by typing the path in the run command window.

Go to Start and then click Run

Type the printer name in the run text box: \\printserver_name\share_name

Please also check this tutorial on how to share folders in Windows XP.



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