Add Printer

Definition of Add Printer in The Network Encyclopedia.

Add Printer

A wizard in Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 that is used to install a printer on your machine.

How Add Printer Works

The Add Printer wizard can be used to install both locally attached printers (such as one connected to an LPT port on your computer) and a network printer (such as one connected to a print server or a printer with its own network card). To install a locally connected printer, simply specify the manufacturer and model number of the printer and load the appropriate printer driver.

To install a network printer, you need to specify the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path to the network printer, which must first be shared on the network. After the printer has been installed, its property sheet can be opened to allow further settings to be configured. The installation of a printer ends with the optional printing of a test page to verify that the installation was successful.

In Windows 2000, you can publish a printer in Active Directory to configure the properties of a printer