How to Map a Printer

By Jedadiah Casey

There are many different types of printers available for computers. More expensive printers offer direct network connectivity, while others must be directly connected to an individual computer with a USB cable. You can map a printer whether a printer connects to the local area network directly or is shared on the network through another computer. Mapping a printer to your computer allows you to print to that printer through the network without the need for a direct connection to the printer.

Click the "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen.

Click "Control Panel."

Click "Device and Printers."

Click "Add a Printer."

Click "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer."

Click the desired printer, and then click the "Next" button.

Click to choose the correct print driver, if the printer is directly connected to the network. If the printer is shared from another computer, the driver installs automatically. If a driver is not found, manually download the appropriate driver from the printer manufacturer's website.

Click "Next" twice.

Click "Finish."