Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.


Print and scan from Surface

Here’s what you need to know about printing and scanning from Surface.


Add a local printer

Simply plug the USB cable from your printer into the USB port on your Surface.

Add a wireless or network printer

If your printer is a network or wireless printer that is already on your network, see if your printer is already installed (skip to steps below). Of course you should make sure the printer is plugged into an outlet and that it’s turned on.

Notes
  • If you have a new wireless printer that hasn’t been added to your home network, refer to the info that came with your printer.
  • If someone else in your home already has a printer installed, you can join a HomeGroup and connect to other shared printers. For more info, see HomeGroup from start to finish.

See if your printer is already installed

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3:  Tap or click PC and devices,and then tap or click Devices.
Step 4:  Look for your printer in the list of devices.
  • If your printer is listed, you’re ready to print something.
  • If your printer is not listed, tap or click Add a device and select your printer to install it.
  • If Windows doesn’t find your printer, see Troubleshoot printing.

Print something

Once you add a printer, you’re ready to print.

To print from a Windows Store app (such as Mail):

Step 1:  Open what you want to print. For example, open a web page in Internet Explorer, or an email message in Mail.
Step 2:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Devices.
Step 3:  Tap or click your printer from the list.
If your printer isn’t listed, it may be because the app doesn’t support printing, or you haven’t added a printer.
Step 4:  Choose your printing options, and tap or click Print.

To print from a desktop app (such as Notepad or Office apps):

  • Find the Print command in the app or press Ctrl+P.

Scan something

If you have a multifunction printer that supports scanning, or a stand-alone scanner, the Scan app helps you quickly and easily scan pictures and documents For more info, see the Scan app for Windows: FAQ.

Set or change your default printer

To set an installed printer as your default printer:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
Step 2:  In the search box, enter default printer.
Step 3:  In the search results, tap or click Change default printer.
Step 4:  Under Printers, find the printer you want to set as your default printer.
Step 5:  Press and hold or right-click the printer you want to use, and then tap or click Set as default printer.

Printer compatibility

Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8.1. To check the compatibility of your printer, see the Windows Compatibility Center.

Can’t print?

If you’re having problems printing, see Troubleshoot printing.



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