This describes steps to install and setup printers in Ubuntu Linux.
Today, setting up a printer in Ubuntu Linux is as simple as plugging it into your computer’s USB port or simply connecting it via Wi-Fi to your home wireless network.
Ubuntu and Linux as a whole have come a long way. Now Ubuntu can recognize many printer brands with their drivers installed and ready to use.
When a printer is connected and setup correctly, you will be able to print directly from Ubuntu to that printer with ease.
Ubuntu has also made installing network printers easier by putting the installation wizard on the same windows. Previously, installing a network printer was separate page.
How to install local or network printer in Ubuntu Linux
As described above, setting up a printer in Ubuntu Linux is as simple as plugging it into your computer’s USB port or simply connecting it via Wi-Fi to your home wireless network.
Below is how one can connect a printer to Ubuntu.
First, make sure the printer is turned on when you connect the USB cable to the Ubuntu desktop.
When the printer is connected, Ubuntu will automatically attempt to install the printer using the best drivers. When a suitable drive is found, you may be asked to authenticate by typing your password to install it.
A message will appear when the system is finished installing the printer. Select Print Test Page to print a test page, or Options to make additional changes in the printer setup.
If the above didn’t work, you can follow the steps below to install the printer manually.
Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.
Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.
On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.
In the Settings app, click on Printers tile to open the panel.
On the System -> Printer settings pane, click on the Add a Printer button to begin adding printers to Ubuntu Linux.
If your printer was connected to Ubuntu Linux via USB, it will be discovered when printer scan is initiated.
In the pop-up window, select your new printer and press Add.
If you are still unable to install your printer, then you may have to install the printer drivers from the manufacturer website or update Ubuntu Linux.
Read the post below to learn how to install additional printer drivers in Ubuntu Linux.
How to install additional printer drivers in Ubuntu Linux
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