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How to Connect My Epson Printer to My Laptop

Updated March 23, 2017

You can read documents and browse photos on your laptop anywhere you go, but sometimes it is necessary to print hard copies. Because desktops stay put in one place for an extended period, connecting a printer is typically a one-time deal. As a laptop owner on-the-go, you might find yourself connecting your notebook to a variety of different printers, however. Learn how to connect an Epson printer to your laptop and start printing right away.

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  1. Plug the Epson printer's USB cable into your laptop. Look for a free USB port on the sides or back of your computer. Insert the USB cable into the port. You likely have the cable upside down if it doesn't fit.

  2. Connect the printer's parallel cable to a parallel port on your laptop if you have an older model without USB. Note that most laptops no longer have parallel ports. These bulky ports are typically black or pink in colour. You can also connect a parallel printer to your laptop using a USB-to-paralell adaptor, however.

  3. Ensure that the other end of the USB or parallel cable is attached to the printer. Make sure the power cable is plugged in and turn the printer on.

  4. Most printers should work automatically in Windows 7, but you may need to install drivers from the CD-ROM that came with the printer. Older parallel printers may not be compatible with newer versions of Windows even if you have an adaptor.

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About the Author

Daniel Foster has been writing about computers and technology since 2006. His work has appeared on websites including Salon, Pingdom and Internet Blog. His photography has been printed in "Maxwell Magazine" as well as the "World of Knowledge" textbook series for children. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in international trade and finance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Louisiana State University.

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