How to Fix Printer problems in Windows 11? Try these tips!

If you are experiencing problems with a printer in Windows 11, this article may help you. However, there are some checks you need to make beforehand.

Before proceeding, turn the printer off and unplug it, wait 30 seconds, and plug it back in. This will turn the printer back on.

If the above does not fix the printer connection or printing problems, continue to try the additional steps below.

If the printer is connected to the computer via a cable, check that the printer’s USB cable is connected correctly to the PC. Also, verify that the printer’s wireless option is enabled and available for printers with a wireless connection.

If the wireless printer option is enabled, make sure the printer is connected to the same Wi-Fi wireless network as the computer.

If you have multiple printers installed in Windows, you may have selected a different default printer to print to. So make sure the correct default printer is selected.

Troubleshooting a printer problem in Windows 11

If you are still experiencing problems after the above tips, you can remove and add the printer again in Windows 11. Note that, removing and adding the printer forces Windows 11 to use default drivers.

Removing and reinstalling a printer

To uninstall and reinstall a printer, you may need printer drivers from the Internet or from a CD/DVD.

Check the manufacturer and model of your printer and search the Internet for printer drivers for the Windows 11 version you have installed. Keep these drivers on a USB stick or local drive. Whether you need drivers varies by make and model of printer.

Right-click on the Start button. Click on Settings in the menu. On the left, click Bluetooth & devices. Then click on printers and scanners.

Click the printer in the list and click the Remove button to the printer’s right.

remove printer from windows 11

After deleting, you can add the printer again. To do so, click on the “add device” button.

Add printer to windows 11

Then select the printer from the list or click add manually. It differs per printer brand and model if the printer needs to be added automatically or manually.

After reinstalling the printer, check if the printer problems are resolved. If not, proceed to the printer troubleshooter.

Printer troubleshooter

If the printer problems are still not resolved, you can use the Windows troubleshooting utility. In addition, there is a utility available in Windows that can automatically detect and resolve problems with the printer(s) for you.

Right-click on the Start button. Click Settings on the menu. Click on System on the left, and at the bottom, click on Troubleshooting.

Then first click on other trouble shooters and click the Run button next to the printer.

Run printer troubleshooter in Windows 11

Then select which printer you want to troubleshoot for or click “my printer is not listed”.

Which printer to troubleshoot in Windows 11

Follow the procedure to identify and resolve the printer problems. I hope to have helped you with this. Thanks for reading!

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