How to Run Printer Troubleshooter on Windows 10

How to Run Printer Troubleshooter on Windows 10

/ Shayne Sherman

One of the best things about Windows 10 is its capable of installing drivers for your external devices like a printer. If you run into a problem while using your printer windows has a built in troubleshooter to assist users on fixing issues related to printing devices.

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But before running the troubleshooter make sure to do basic check first.

  • Check all the cables and connection to your printer.
  • Make sure that your computer detects your printer. 
  • If you are using your printer for the first time on your computer make sure you have the proper drivers installed
  • Check the printer and make sure that the indicator lights are turned on
  • Restart your printer
  • Restart your computer

If your printer is still encountering problems after checking the things above, run the printer troubleshooter.

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

Printers & Scanners

Step 2: Open Printers & Scanners settings

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

Run the troubleshooter

Step 4: On the Troubleshooter click on Next

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

Detecting problems

Step 6: Select the printer that is encountering problems

Printer that needs to troubleshoot

Step 7: Click Next

Step 8: Wait for the scan to finish

Scanning default printer

Step 9: The troubleshooter will recommend you to make the printer the default printer

Step 10: Click on Apply this fix

Apply this fix

Step 11: Wait for the troubleshooter to finish applying the new settings

Troubleshooting has completed

Now the troubleshooter may offer different fixes depending on the problem that it detects. Just make sure to follow what the troubleshooter recommends to do.

If the troubleshooter failed to fix your printer problems the issue could be on the printer itself. Try using it on another computer and see if it will work.

Visit the nearest service center and ask them to check your printer for possible hardware problems.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at 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. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.