In most cases, installing and using a printer in Windows 7 is nearly effortless. Just plugging the printer into your computer is usually enough. Installation and setup is automatic and silent. Add ink and paper, and within a few seconds you can start printing from whatever programs you use, without thinking any more about it. It doesn’t always go quite this smoothly, though, so we’ve devoted this chapter to the ins and outs of installing and using a printer in Windows 7.
Windows gives you control over the printing system through the Devices and Printers window, shown in Figure 6.1. To get there, click Start, Devices and Printers.