How do I add a network printer to my printer list in Windows XP?


This article will walk you through adding a network printer to your printer list in Windows XP.

Step 1: Open Printers and Faxes.

  • Click on the Start Menu.
  • Select Printers and Faxes (If it is not visible, your Start Menu may have it listed under settings.)
    • (Optional) If the Printers and Faxes shortcut is not in your Start Menu, open Control Panel.
    • (Optional) From Control Panel, select and open Printers and Faxes.
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Step 2: Start the Add a printer wizard.

  • On the Printers and Faxes window, click Add a printer.

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  • The ‘Welcome to the Add Printer Wizard’ window will appear.
  • Click Next.

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  • Click the radio button for “A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer.”
  • Click Next.

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Step 3: Enter the details for the network printer.

  • The next Window asks you to specify your printer.

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  • If you know the printer and server name for your network printer, click on the radio button for “Connect to this printer”.
    • Type in the printer name using the \\oitps#\prt### format.
    • Click Next.
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  • (Optional): If you chose to Find a Printer in the Directory, then a Find Printer window will appear.
    • To search for a printer name, type in part of the building name in the location field and Press Find Now.
    • Find the printer in the list and double click on it. 

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Step 4: Finish the Add a Printer Wizard.

  • The Next Window will ask you to specify if you want make the printer your default printer.
    • Click Yes or No.
    • Click Next.
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  • The Completing the Add Printer Wizard window appears.
    • If the information is correct, click Finish.

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The printer will now be in your printer list. You will be able to select the printer when printing from Word or any other application.



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