How to add a network printer in Windows 8

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 - Comments

If you want to add a network printer in Windows 8 to print some test code, follow this quick guide. Make sure you actually enable file and printer sharing first!

how to add network printer in Windows 8


IMPORTANT: Before you actually follow this tutorial – have you enabled Windows 8 File and Printer Sharing? If not, this is not going to work.

Enter Printer Sharing into search box and make sure you enable it. The path to the settings is Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings


Adding Network Printer

1. Open the classic Control Panel (open the Metro Control Panel and scroll to bottom, then click on More settings) and go to Hardware and Sound

2. Then click on Advanced printer setup as seen below

advanced printer setup for network printers

3. Select the option “Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings” (if this does not work, click on the big Browse button)

add a local printer or network printer

4. Now select the driver for your network printer (you need to know the exact model)

install windows 8 printer driver

5. Windows 8 should now install the network printer

windows 8 install network printer

6. And then list the new network printer properly:

added network printers

WAIT, My Network Printer Does Not Show Up Or Install Correctly

1. Go back to step 3 and Select a shared printer by name – click on the Browse button

add a local printer or network printer

2. Now you only need to find the shared browser on your network. Obviously, you have to first share your printer before you can see it on the network. Makes sense right? If you haven’t shared any printers yet, it’s obvious why you can’t find a printer.


IF this doesn’t work enter the name of your PC that the printer is connected to and add a slash to add the printername –  like this:


  • Replace sOliver with the username of the computer
  • Check the printer name



If you’re still having problems installing the network printer in Windows 8, you can ask questions below



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