Adding printer to taskbar, or?

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  1. Posts : 1,604
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       #1

    Adding printer to taskbar, or?


    Is there any way to add my printer to the task bar or to the start menu? Yes, I know it's listed on my network devices, but I want a really quick way to reach it.
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  2. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #2

    From Devices and Printers in Control Panel, right click on it and select Create a shortcut.
    It will say it can't and do you want it on the Desktop.
    Click Yes.
    Then right click on it on the Desktop and select Pin to Start.
    Delete the icon on the Desktop if you don't want it there.
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  3. Posts : 1,604
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    It's on my desktop now, but no option to pin to start by right clicking.
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  4. HeM
    Posts : 389
    Win 10 Pro x64 v.21Η2
       #4

    Jacee said:
    It's on my desktop now, but no option to pin to start by right clicking.
    Hi,

    That's true. You can create a Toolbar on taskbar and then pin/move that shortcut to it:
    Add Toolbars to Taskbar in Windows 10

    There is also an easier 'close to' way: Go to Control Panel, right click on Devices and Printers => Pin to Start but you'll get the full Devices and Printers window.

    Jacee said:
    ... Yes, I know it's listed on my network devices,..
    If it is a network device (Wi-Fi, Ethernet) you can open File Explorer, expand Network on the left pane, then right click on your printer => Pin to Start
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  5. Posts : 61,577
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Hello Jacee,

    If you like, you could also use the method in the tutorial below to create a shortcut to open the printer's queue which is what often opens from Devices and Printers anyway.

    This shortcut can be pinned to the taskbar and/or Start menu.

    Create Printer Queue Shortcut in Windows 10
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  6. HeM
    Posts : 389
    Win 10 Pro x64 v.21Η2
       #6

    Brink said:
    ... which is what it opens from Devices and Printers anyway...
    It depends on the printer driver...Adding printer to taskbar, or?-printer.jpg
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  7. Posts : 61,577
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       #7

    Tru dat.
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  8. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
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       #8

    Thanks for all of your help! I was able to pin it to start
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  9. Posts : 61,577
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  10. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
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       #10

    I went to settings---Bluetooth and other devices---right clicked on "printers and scanners" in the left menu devices and chose to pin to the start menu. Really simply, what I was looking for!
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