There might come a time when your printer will stop working out of nowhere, and you’ll be surprised at this. Don’t be because these things are common in Windows 10, and for most cases, the printer itself is just fine. The main issue is usual software or a port, and the port aspect is what we are going to discuss today.
Now, not too long ago, several persons have been complaining about needing to change their printer port. Sometimes the printer is offline, and you might be wondering what to do while scratching your hair out. Worry not, because fixing this issue is very easy, just as long as you follow the instructions properly without deviating unless you have an idea of what you’re doing.
We must say that the market for personal printers is coming to an end. Soon, only businesses and corporations will own printers due to presentation and online storage services. We’re not going to discuss much on this, but just think about when you have the chance.
How do I know which Port my Printer is connected to?
Open ControlPanel > Hardware and Sound section > View devices and printers. Right-click on the Printer and select Properties. Open the Ports tab to see it.
How to change Printer Port in Windows 10
Changing the printer port is not hard, so if you’re having a problem, then to change Printer Port in Windows 10, this is what you need to do:
- Open Devices and Printers
- Change the printer port
- Set up the network printer feature.
1] Open Devices and Printers
To get to this section in Windows 10, you must right-click on the Start Menu icon, then select Control Panel from the list of options. After that, navigate to the View by section and change from category to Large or Small icons.
The next step, then, is to click on Devices and Printers, which is where you’ll find your printer if it has already been installed to your computer system.
2] Change the printer port
Now, after locating the printer, right-click on the device, then select Printer Properties from the menu that comes up on your screen. Right away, you should now see a new window with several tabs.
From here, you will want to click on the option that says Ports. That’s where you should come across a bunch of ports that are designed to work with a printer. Now, we must point out that if you‘re using a USB printer, then the COM ports are useless.
The same goes for the LPT ports, so please bear that in mind before selecting a port for your beloved printer.
3] Set up the network printer feature
Another thing we should talk about right now is networking. Small businesses, and even home users, may want to take advantage of the network printer feature. If this is your thing, then you will want to click on Virtual Printer Port, and from there, please select Add Port.
From the window that pops up, choose Standard TCP/IP Port, then click on New Port. You should now see a wizard, just click Next.
At the next section, be sure to add your DNS server or an IP address you’ve already programmed into the printer. Click next after the addition, and wait for the printer to communicate with the network.
When the process is complete, click Apply, and that’s it, you’re done and good to go.