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What Is a Print Driver and How to Install It

Printing has become an essential part of our everyday lives. From documents to labels, photos, and more, you need a reliable printing solution that can be used at home and in the office. One of the essential components of a functional printing setup is the print driver.

A print driver is a software program that helps your computer communicate with your printer. Printer drivers link your computer’s operating system and the physical device, allowing them to communicate. 

Installing a proper driver is essential for ensuring that your printing jobs come off without a hitch while enabling you to access all of the features associated with your specific model or brand of printer. So, correctly installing a printer driver is well worth it.

To know how to install a printer driver, you must first identify your printer type. The steps for downloading will depend on the type of printer you have hooked up to your computer.

When To Use a Print Driver

There are a few situations when you might need to use a print driver. One is when you’re using an older printer that isn’t compatible with your computer’s operating system. In this case, you can download a print driver for your printer’s specific make and model.

Another time you might need to use a print driver is when you want to change the settings on your printer. For example, you might want to alter the default paper size or the printing quality. To do this, you need to install a print driver that supports these settings.

Finally, some programs require installing a print driver to print documents from them. This is especially true for older programs that aren’t compatible with the current operating system on your computer.

Installing Drivers for a Canon Printer

If you have a Canon printer for your computer, you must install the Canon print driver to use it correctly. 

To begin installing printer driver, you must go to the Canon website and download the Canon print driver. Once you have the file downloaded onto your computer, double-click the icon for the file and follow the listed prompts for installing it onto your computer.

Next, you will need to connect your Canon printer to your computer. The majority of Canon printers come with USB cables that you will use. However, if one did not go with it, you will need to purchase it to connect it to your desktop. 

Once the printer is connected and powered into an electrical outlet, you must turn it on and select the “Printer” preferences in your Windows Control Panel.

Next, select add a printer and follow the prompts to add the Canon printer to your computer. Once the printer is added, it is now ready to use. 

Installing Drivers for an HP Printer

If you own an HP printer, you can install the HP universal printer driver to make it easier for different types of printers. The driver essentially acts as a bridge between your printer and the computer, allowing communication between the two. Here’s how to install the HP universal printer driver:

  • Load the HP website and download the HP universal printer driver. 
  • Next, click the file to begin the installation process. This will prompt the program to run a process, prompting you to read and select different options.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation.
  • If prompted by the software, you will need to restart your computer to ensure the drivers are installed correctly.
  • Next, connect your HP printer to the computer using a USB cable. Power the printer on by plugging it into an electrical wall outlet.
  • Turn on your printer and open the Printers & Scanners preferences pane in the System Preferences area.
  • Click + in the bottom left corner of the pane and select your HP printer from the list of devices that appears.
  • Select “Add” when prompted, then close System Preferences when finished.

No matter what type of printer you have, print drivers are essential components to ensure they can function correctly. They enable a computer to recognize and communicate with compatible printers. Installing a printer driver is crucial in setting up any type of printer and ensuring that it runs properly. 

If you would like assistance setting up your printer or installing its drivers, contact our team at Sissine’s Office Systems Incorporated to get started.