How to Fix Printer Connections on Windows 10

How to Fix Printer Connections on Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

Printers are devices that make our life easier. Offices and almost every household have a printer, allowing us to produce copies of our documents instantly.

But like every device, printers are also prone to issues. The most common problem for printers is their connection.

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This article will guide you on how to troubleshoot your printer if you have connection issues.

Fix 1: Restart your Printer

The first thing to do if you have connection issues on your printer is to do a power cycle.

Step 1: Press the Power Button on your printer.

Step 2: Wait for the printer’s power indicator to turn off.

Step 3: Make sure to unplug your printer.

Step 4: Press the Power Button for 10 seconds.

Step 5: Plug in your printer.

Step 6: Turn on your printer and see if your computer detects the printer properly.

Fix 2: Check cables

The next thing to do is check your printer’s cables for damage. The cable is the primary way to connect your printer to the computer, and if it’s damaged it won’t connect to your printer.

Fix 3: Uninstall and Reinstall the Printer

Step 1: Press on the Windows Key and Click on Settings.

Step 2: On Windows Settings, Select Devices.

windows settings devices

Step 3: On the side menu, click on Printers & Scanners.

Step 4: Find your Printer.

Step 5: Click on your Printer and select Remove Device.

uninstall printer

Step 6: Now, on Printer & Scanners, click on Add a printer or scanner.

add a printer

Windows will scan for any connected printers on the computer and install them automatically.

Fix 4: Run Printer Troubleshooter

Step 1: Press on the Windows Key + S and search for “Printers & Scanners.”

search printers and scanners 1

Step 2: Open Printers & Scanners settings.

Step 3: On the right side menu, find “Run the Troubleshooter.”

run printer troubleshooter

Step 4: On the Troubleshooter, click on Next.

Step 5: Wait for the Troubleshooter to finish scanning your computer.

printer troubleshooter process

The troubleshooter will show possible fixes to the connection problem. Make sure to apply the fixes that it offers.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert on all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. Aside from entertaining at his home theater, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie.