Applies to

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro.

Applies to

Surface 2, Surface RT.

Applies to

Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro.

Operating system:

Print and scan from Surface

Here’s what you need to know about printing and scanning from your 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 it is already installed (skip to steps below). Make sure your printer is plugged in and 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 the printer.
  • If someone else in your home already has a printer installed, you can join a homegroup and connect to other shared printers. Here’s how:
  • Step 1: Select the search box in the taskbar, enter homegroup, and in the search results, select HomeGroup.
    Step 2:Select Join now.
    If you don’t see the Join now button, a homegroup might not be available.

See if your printer is already installed

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices.
Step 2: Under Printers, look for your printer in the list of devices.

  • If your printer is in the list, you’re ready to print something.
  • If your printer isn't in the list, select Add a printer or scanner 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 desktop app, such as Notepad or an Office app, find the Print button or link in the app or press Ctrl+P on your Typing Cover or keyboard.

Scan something

If you have a multifunction printer that supports scanning or a stand-alone scanner, the Scan app can help you scan pictures and documents quickly and easily.

Set or change your default printer

To set an installed printer as your default printer:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners.
Step 2: Under Related settings, select Devices and printers.
Step 3: Press and hold (or right-click) the printer you want to use, and select Set as default printer.

Can’t print?

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


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). Make sure your printer is turned on and plugged in.

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: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices.
Step 2: Look for your printer in the list of devices.

  • If your printer is in the list, you’re ready to print something.
  • If your printer isn't in the list, select 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 desktop app, such as Notepad or an Office app, 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 can help you scan pictures and documents quickly and easily. 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: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners.
Step 2: Under Related settings, select Devices and printers.
Step 3: Press and hold (or right-click) the printer you want to use, and select Set as default printer.

Printer compatibility

Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 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.


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 your printer is on and plugged in.

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 click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3: Tap or click PC and devices, and tap or click Devices.
Step 4: Look for your printer in the list of devices.

  • If your printer is in the list, you’re ready to print something.
  • If your printer isn't in the list, 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 webpage in Internet Explorer, or an email message in the Mail app.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Devices.
Step 3: Tap or click Print, and tap or click your printer from the list.
If your printer isn’t in the list, 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 an Office app):

  • 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 can help you scan pictures and documents quickly and easily. 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 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 tap or click Set as default printer.

Printer compatibility

Surface Pro models and Surface 3 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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