Tips for setting up your HP printer

Here are some helpful tips on how to install your HP printer fast and hassle-free.

Tips for setting up your HP printer

Installing drivers and connecting to the computer

After purchasing and unpacking their HP printer, many users ask, "What to do next?"

First of all, place your printer near the computer; connect it to the power line BUT NOT TO THE COMPUTER!

Before connecting your printer, find and install its drivers. HP products have their model numbers visible on the front panel or on side panels. Go to, find the search box, and enter your printer's model number there.

If everything's done correctly, you should get to your printer's support page where you can easily find drivers section. Here you have to choose your operating system. Be especially careful to select 32-bit or 64-bit system! To determine which one you have, do the following:

  1. Click Start button
  2. In the right portion of the Start menu, find word Computer.
  3. Right-click this word and click Properties in drop-down menu that appears (if you have "My Computer" icon on your desktop, you can right-click it, instead).
  4. In window that appears, there should be some info about your computer. Look for "System type" category, it should show either "32-bit system" or "64-bit system".

Now that you know which system you have, you can also choose driver language.

Download and install the printer driver. During installation process, you may be asked to connect your printer to the computer. Now it's the time! Don't forget to turn it on as well. Now the system should detect your new printing device.

Setting up your printer.

Now that Windows recognizes your printer, it's time to set it up.

Go to Control Panel and find "Printers and Devices" section. Right-click your newly-installed printer and click Properties.

If you haven't done so, print the test page to ensure that printer is working correctly. To fully test capabilities of your color printer, it is recommended to print some photos or pictures. If you are unhappy with the result – say, the printer spends too many ink/toner, or colors look unnatural, you can adjust printer settings to suit your needs.

For example, you can enable economy printing. In this mode, printer is trying to spend less ink or toner. This is especially helpful if you print lots of documents all over the day, and want to minimize costs of printing cartridges. You can also set up color correction, page orientation, printing area, and other settings.

When you print some materials – for example webpages or small pictures – a "Print" dialog appears. There you can select the printer and adjust number of copies. Also there should be "Advanced options" button. You can use this to fine-tune print settings for this particular document. Here are some examples of how you can use these settings.

  • When printing webpages, you want to print useful info only. This info is usually placed on top of the page, and bottom section is littered with links and advertisements you don't want to be printed. To avoid this, you can choose to print only one or two first pages.
  • If the document is too small, you can zoom it in. You can also adjust its position on the page: stretch it to cover all the paper, attach to the edge, etc. Some models allow to print multiple copies of small document on one page (tiling).
  • If you are usually printing in toner economy mode, you can switch it off for important documents that should be printed finely. For some printer models, extra-quality printing is available, which drains the cartridge faster than normal mode.