Set up a local printer

Your system can recognize many types of printers automatically once they're connected. Most printers are connected with a USB cable that attaches to your computer.

  1. Make sure the printer is turned on.

  2. Connect the printer to your system via the appropriate cable. You may see activity on the screen as the system searches for drivers, and you may be asked to authenticate to install them.

  3. A message will appear when the system is finished installing the printer. Select Print Test Page to print a test page, or Configure to make additional changes in the printer setup.

If your printer was not set up automatically, you can add it in the printer settings.

  1. Click the icon at the far right of the menu bar and select System Settings.

  2. Open Printers.

  3. Click Add and select the printer from the Devices window.

  4. Click Forward and wait while it searches for drivers.

  5. You can customize the printer's name, description, and location if you like. When finished, click Apply.

  6. You can now print a test page or click Cancel to skip that step.

If there are multiple drivers available for your computer, you may be asked to select a driver. To use the recommended driver, just click Forward on the make and model screens.

After you install the printer, you may wish to change your default printer.