How to Setup Local Printers on Ubuntu 17.10 Desktop

Ubuntu and Linux as a whole have come a long way. Now Ubuntu desktops can recognize many printer brands when connected and install their drivers automatically. Since most printers are connected using a USB connection, it’s becoming much easier to install printers on Ubuntu and other Linux operating systems.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install a local printer on Ubuntu 17.10 desktop via USB connection. When the printer is connected and setup correctly, you will be able to print directly from Ubuntu to the installed printer.

Ubuntu has made installing a local and network printers easier by putting the installation wizard on the same windows. Previously, installing a network printer was separate page.

Follow the steps below to get a local printer connected and installed on Ubuntu

  • Make sure the printer is turned on when you connect the USB cable to the Ubuntu desktop.

  • When the printer is connected, you may see activity on the screen as the system searches for drivers, and you may be asked to authenticate by typing your password to install them.

  • A message will appear when the system is finished installing the printer. Select Print Test Page to print a test page, or Options to make additional changes in the printer setup.

If the above step didn’t work and Ubuntu is unable to install the printer, follow the step below.

  • Open the Activities at the top left corner of your screen and select overview and start typing Printers.

  • Click Printers from the overview display

  • Click the Unlock button in the top-right corner and enter your password to authenticate.. Only administrators on the Ubuntu machine can add printers. If you’re not an administrator, please contact one.

  • Click the + button.

  • In the pop-up window, select your new printer. Click Add.

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Doing this will install your printer on Ubuntu.

If you are still unable to install your printer, then you may have to install the printer drivers from the manufacturer website.

Congratulation! You’ve successfully installed a local printer on Ubuntu 17.10 desktop


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One thought on “How to Setup Local Printers on Ubuntu 17.10 Desktop

  1. thanks. I have a weird system with a removable hard drive connected via usb to replace my original hdd which is toast. Can you do an article on replacing the hdd in a laptop with a removable hdd? I have never opened my laptop but I am interested to learn the process so that I don’t have to carry around a dangling hdd with my laptop when I move it. lol. (not literally dangling, I keep it on a flat surface but its annoying anyhow).

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