Windows 7: Install Printer Via IP Address

Install a printer in Windows 7 using an IP address.

1. Click Start and type print in the search box. Click Devices and Printers.

2. Select Add a printer.

3. Select Add a Network, Wireless, or a Bluetooth Printer.

4. The printer may appear in the box. If so, select it. If not click The Printer That I Want Isn’t Listed.

5. Select Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname. Click Next.

6. Select TCP/IP Device in the Device type list.

Windows 7 - Adding printer by IP address

7. Type the hostname or the IP address of the printer. Click Next.

8. Windows 7 should find the printer if the printer is on and configured correctly. You may have to specify more information. If prompted, Select the type of network adapter installed in the printer in the Device Type drop-down list. You can also click Custom to specify custom settings for the network printer. Click Next.

Windows Vista will now walk you through installing the drivers for the printer. After that is complete, you should be able to print to the printer via direct IP address.


  1. Syed says

    Is that safe to install printer that way. Its test print page looks completely diffrent than I print adding different way for my Print server printer. Reply as soon as possible. I was unable to add printer by normal way in Windows 7 from my print server. and I got error msg Windows cannot connet to the printer. then I add that printer using IP address and it worked but Printe test Page is totally different

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