How To: Set Up a Network Printer in Windows 8.1

Have you ever wanted to set up a network printer in Windows?

I have and figured I would share how to do this in Microsoft Windows 8.1 since this one can be a little trickier than other Windows versions. With all new Windows they seem to move things around to confuse you and if you are not a big tech person this can be frustrating.  Below I will give you 6 simple steps that will walk you through installing your network printer by yourself.

Steps to Add a Network Printer to your Windows 8.1

Step 1: First click on the “Folder” icon that is located on the right side of the “Start” button on the bottom of the screen. (I find pictures very helpful)

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Step 2: In the next window there will be an icon that says “Open Control Panel” Click on it. It is located at the top of your screen.

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Step 3: In the following window you will need to select “View devices and printer,” under the “Hardware and Sound” category.

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Step 4: This screen will show all available printers. If you see your printer here then it is already installed on your computer. If you do not see your printer then proceed to “Add a Printer” option on the top of the screen. At this step your computer will start searching for your printer.

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Step 5: Once the system has found your printer, go ahead and click on the printer name and then click “Next” (more pictures!).

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Step 6: At this point choose if you want to share the printer or not. If you want to share this printer, you need to specify a Location and Share name. After that you just need to click the button named “Next.”

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Now you have successfully installed your network printer (Congrats!!). If you are done doing your happy dance we can finish up here. There is one more thing we should check before I let you go. Now that you have installed your printer it is time to make sure it is set as your Default. You should see a green check next to your printer which indicates that it is your default printer.  If  you do not see the check then just right-click the printer icon and select Set as Default Printer from the menu.


You now can use your network printer.   If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and let me know.


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Jason Shuffield

Jason Shuffield began working with computers at an early age. As he gained experience he began helping others who had difficulties with technology and requested assistance. Over time it became obvious there was a local need for a technology expert with great people skills. As a result Jason started his computer repair company, CYIN, in 2011. With years of experience in web design, computer repair, tech support, computer training and social media management Jason loves to share his knowledge and educate people.

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