The following instructions guide you through setting up printers that are connected directly to you computer.
Installing a Local Printer in Windows
Turn your printer on, and attach the data cable (usually a USB cable) to both your computer, and to your printer.
Click the Start button in the lower left, and then select Control Panel. The Control Panel will appear.
Double-click the Printers icon.
Click Add a Printer. The Add Printer wizard will open.
Accept the defaults, and then click Next. The wizard will attempt to find and install the appropriate software for your printer.
If the wizard is unable to find an appropriate driver for your printer, download the appropriate driver for your printer from the manufacturers web site, and save it to a known location.
The Add Printer wizard will ask you if you want to manually install the printer. Click Next.
Choose the port that is appropriate for your printer (usually this is USB). Click Next to continue.
Click Have Disk, and navigate to the location that you saved your printer driver. Double click on the driver, then click OK.
Click Next, accepting the defaults, through the next series of windows. Your printer will print a test page confirming that it is installed correctly.
Installing a Local Printer in Mac OS X
Open a document you would like to print, and then click the File menu and select Print.
Choose the printer from the Printer pop-up menu. The Printer pop-up menu contains all USB, FireWire, Bluetooth, and Bonjour printers that are available to your computer, as well as all printers that you have added to the Printer pop-up menu. Be sure to check the Shared Printers, Bluetooth Printers, and Bonjour Printers submenus. If you just set up a printer, it may take a short while before it appears in this list.
If you don't find your printer, choose Add Printer from the Printer pop-up menu, select the printer in the dialog that appears, and click Add. The dialog lists additional printers that are available to your computer, including AppleTalk and Open Directory printers. You may need to wait a short while before your printer appears. If you press Add, the printer you just added is the default printer.
If you don't see your printer, click More Printers, choose your printer's type from the pop-up menu in the dialog that appears, select the printer, and then click Add. If the specific type of printer you're using is listed, choose that type. For example, if you're using an Epson USB printer, you may be able to choose Epson USB. If you choose AppleTalk, another pop-up menu appears that lets you choose the AppleTalk zone for the printer.
If your computer cannot determine the options that are installed on your printer, a dialog appears that lets you choose those options. Make sure the settings in that dialog accurately reflect your printer's installed options so you can take full advantage of them. Then click Continue.