We may print less than ever, but not being able to get your printer working when you’re short on time can be stressful. Microsoft’s changes to printing in Windows 8 and Windows 10 make trying to fix printers in Windows 10 a little confusing.
Steps to fix printers in Windows 10
Fixing Printers in Windows 10 from the Settings App
- Go to Settings in your list of installed apps and programs.
- Click on Devices.
- Then click on Printers and Scanners. It’s the second option from the top of the menu on the left-side of the app.
Note : If your printer isn’t listed in the Printers & Scanners area, it’s because Windows 10 hasn’t detected it yet. Check all your connections again. Windows 10 will immediately begin trying to install any printer that’s powered on and connected to your PC through USB, so make sure those connections are tight and there’s power running to your printer.
- If your printer is listed and you’re having problems, the real work begins. Click on it in the list.
- Click Manage.
- All the important areas you need to fix printers in Windows 10 are here.
Note : Canon makes an app for managing its printers. If you see this button, tap or click on it for a detailed look at how your printer is configured. These apps often notify you of ink issues, jams and lack of paper. They provide a direct link to support for your printer too. Don’t panic if there isn’t an app for your printer. You may need to install a software download from your printer maker’s support site.
- The Queue is your place for managing the different documents and pictures that you are trying to print. Head there to add and cancel any printing jobs that you have.
Printing Preferences allows you to make changes to how you print documents.
- Select Run the Troubleshooter to have Windows and the printer run a diagnostic. This diagnostic will tell you why your printer won’t work, usually.
- The troubleshooter will scan your hardware and software combination, then get you the fixes you need.
If the problem continues, it’s a good idea to contact the company that made your printer. You could have a bad printer or a printer that’s no longer supported in Windows 10. To be clear, that latter issue is pretty rare. Windows 10 supports a huge array of printers and scanners.