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How to install a local printer driver

A printer driver is software that your programs and Windows can use to communicate with a physical printer (which might be attached to your computer, to another computer on the network or to a "phantom" printer that isn't even there).

PowerPoint gets very cranky if you don't have a printer driver installed on your computer and set as default. You don't really need to have a physical printer, just the driver at a minimum.

This should be a MS-approved standard printer driver, and not a specialty driver like a Fax driver, Microsoft Office Document Imaging driver, Acrobat or the like.

The driver should be locally installed (ie, the driver should reside on your PC, not on a network, though you can "connect" a locally installed driver TO a network printer).

I have a printer installed already. Is it local?

If you already have a printer driver installed and need to know whether it's local or not:

Install a printer driver locally

Installing a printer driver is a Windows function, not a PowerPoint one. Before installing a printer driver, quit PowerPoint and your other programs.

Read over the installation instructions that came with your printer. When in doubt, follow the instructions there rather than the ones below.



The Add Printer Wizard Welcome screen




Local or Network Printer




Select a Printer Port




Install Printer Software




Name Your Printer




Printer Sharing




Print Test Page




Completing the Add Printer Wizard


If you don't see "Use this printer as the default printer" in the "Name printer" screen, finish installing the printer, then click Start, Settings, Printers; rightclick the printer you just installed and click "Set as default printer" from the pop-up menu that appears.

If you have a physical printer installed, you can print a test page to make sure it's working correctly and to verify that it's a local and not a network-installed driver.


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Last update 07 June, 2011
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