How to Troubleshoot Common Printer Problems in Windows 10

One of the joys of using Windows 10 is that, unlike older Windows editions, it’s pretty capable of taking care of installing any extra peripherals like your printer. If you do run into a printer problem setting it up on Windows 10, there are some easy fixes.

Most of the time, you can take care of a Windows 10 printer setup problem by following some fairly standard steps, like double-checking cables or connectivity. Installing drivers is a must, but if all else fails, you can run the Windows Troubleshooter to try and fix the most common printer setup problems for Windows 10 printers.

Check For Missing Cables Or Wireless Connectivity

It might seem fairly straightforward, but one of the most common printer setup problems on Windows is a lack of connectivity between the printer and your PC.

For wired printers, that means a cable that isn’t quite plugged in at either end. Modern printers use USB or ethernet, so double-check that your supplied printer cable has a snug fit at both ends. Troubleshooting wireless printers can be trickier, however.

Wireless printers, like most WiFi devices, will need to be connected to your own wireless network before other devices can print to it. Check your printer documentation further for guided steps on how to do this, but in many cases, there should be a WPS button on both your printer and your network router.

Depending on your printer model and manufacturer, this device may be listed as WPS or has a generic label like WiFi. By pressing this button on both devices, your printer should automatically connect to your wireless network. If it doesn’t work the first time, make an additional attempt.

From there, your device should be detected by Windows, as long as your Windows PC or laptop is connected to the same network. If the WPS method doesn’t work, you may need to look at connecting your printer to your PC using USB first and configuring the wireless configuration manually.

Install Missing Printer Drivers

Printers are a common peripheral for Windows 10 PCs. With that in mind, Microsoft has a vast catalog of printer drivers already available for download and installation when a new printer is connected.

In most cases, you shouldn’t need to do anything to install a printer driver, as Windows should do this for you. That isn’t always the case, however. Microsoft may lack the drivers for new or uncommon printer models, or it may just fail to install automatically. 

  • First, use Windows to search online for relevant driver software. To do this, right-click your Windows Start menu button and click Settings
  • From here, click Devices > Printers & Scanners.  
  • At the top, click Add a printer or scanner.
  • Wait for Windows to scan your device for the printer. If Windows detects it, click on it when it appears in the search list. If it can’t locate your printer, click The printer that I want isn’t listed instead.
  • In the Add Printer wizard, choose the relevant option for your device. If it’s a wireless printer, select Add a Bluetooth, wireless or network discoverable printer and click Next to continue. 
  • Select My printer is a little older if your printer is older (for instance, if it doesn’t use USB).
  • Follow the on-screen instructions for your type of printer to begin the installation. You can also use the Windows Device Manager to locate or update your drivers. To do that, right-click your Windows Start menu button and click Device Manager
  • In Device Manager, look for the Printers category. If you can’t see your printer listed here, click View > Show hidden devices or look for your device under Other devices instead.
  • Right-click on your device and click Update driver
  • Click Search automatically for updated driver software in the window that appears afterward.
  • Windows will search online for relevant drivers for your printer and, if found, install them automatically. If Windows can’t find your printer, you’ll need to locate and install the missing printer drivers yourself.

    Look for your printer model in the downloads or support sections of your manufacturer’s website, and download the latest driver package for your device.

  • Once you have the latest drivers for your printer, you can then return to Device Manager, right-click on your device, then click Update driver > Browse my computer for driver software instead. Alternatively, your manufacturer may provide an installer to install your drivers for you automatically.

Set As Default Printer

If you have multiple printers installed, you may have some issues when you come to print a document. Setting your new printer as the default Windows printer can fix these issues, preventing you from accidentally sending printed documents to the wrong printer.

  • To set your printer as the default Windows printer, right-click your Windows Start menu button and click Settings
  • In Settings, click Devices > Printers & Scanners. You’ll need to uncheck the Allow Windows to manage my default printer checkbox, or you won’t be able to set a default printer yourself.
  • Once this setting has been disabled, click on your printer and click Manage.
  • In your printer management settings, click Set as default to make it the default Windows printer.

If your printer configuration is correct, you should be able to begin printing from this printer. This will be the default option whenever you choose to print.

Run The Windows 10 Troubleshooter

If your printer still doesn’t work after following these steps, running the Windows 10 Troubleshooter could resolve the printer problem. This checks your printer configuration and guides you through some additional steps to get your printer up and running.

  • To launch the Windows 10 Troubleshooter for your printer, right-click your Windows Start menu. 
  • Click Settings, then Update & Security > Troubleshoot. 
  • In the Troubleshoot section, under Get up and running, click Printer
  • Click Run the troubleshooter to begin.
  • You’ll need to select your printer from the list provided. Select the relevant printer, or select My printer is not listed, then click Next to proceed.

Windows will then begin searching through your printer configuration and any relevant Windows settings to search for conflicts. If any printer problems are detected, Windows will ask you for permission to apply the relevant fix to get your printer working.

Resolving Your Windows 10 Printer Problems

These tips aren’t exhaustive, but these instructions should help you resolve some of the more common setup problems that Windows 10 printers sometimes throw up for users.

If you still face issues setting up and using your printer, try removing your printer or reinstalling the printer driver as your next step before contacting your manufacturer’s customer support team.

How to Show or Hide Folders and Apps in the Start Menu on Windows 10

When you click on the Start button in Windows 10, you’ll see the interface is split into three separate sections: the small buttons on the left-hand side, the list of apps and programs in the middle and the static or dynamic tiles on the right-hand side.

You can customize quite a few things about the look and feel of the Start menu, including the list of folders or links that appear in that left-hand menu. By default, you’ll see items like Settings, Power, Network, Downloads, etc.

In this article, I’ll show you how to customize the icons that appear in the Start menu.

If you’re looking for a way to hide or remove apps from the Windows Start Menu that appear in the list of all programs, then scroll down to section titled “Remove Apps from Start Menu”.

Show/Hide Folders in Start Menu

To get started, go ahead and click on the Start and then Settings, which is the gear icon.

Next, click on Personalization.

Next, click on Start in the left-hand menu and then you’ll see all the settings for customizing the Start menu.

Just to mention a few things while we are here, if you toggle off the Show app list in Start menu option, it will remove that middle section that we talked about above (the list of programs and apps).

Recently added apps will show you any programs that you have installed recently at the top of the list. For Show most used apps, it’ll list your most accessed apps right below the recently added apps.

If you want to hide recently opened files from the right-click menu on taskbar icons, you should make sure to toggle off the Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar option.

Finally, at the bottom, is what we are looking for. Click on the Choose which folders appear on Start link. Microsoft likes to name these items folders, but links or shortcuts seems more sensible to me.

Here you can toggle on or off a list of predefined folders/links that will appear on Start. As an example, if I toggle everything on, you’ll see my list becomes quite long in the Start menu.

That’s about all there is to it. If you were looking to add or remove apps from the Start Menu instead of those icons, you have to try something different.

Remove Apps from Start Menu

To remove an app from the list of apps in the Start menu without uninstalling the program, simply right-click on it, choose More and then choose Open File Location.

This will bring you to the Start Menu Programs system folder in Windows. Here you will see a list of all the folders and shortcuts that appear in the actual Start Menu itself.

In order to remove an item from the list, just delete it. You can also create your own folders here and add your own shortcuts or links. If you want to add a shortcut, create one on the desktop by right-clicking on a file and choosing Send ToDesktop (create shortcut).

Then just drag that shortcut to this folder and it’ll appear in the Start Menu! You shouldn’t have any problems adding or deleting items from this folder either.

How to Bypass Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

If you want to remove Microsoft Edge from your Windows 10 PC, you should read this. In general, it’s not a good idea to completely disable Edge – it can cause unintended issues with your operating system. Thankfully there are still methods to hide it and stop it from impacting your PC experience.

There’s a reason why Microsoft doesn’t let you
uninstall Microsoft Edge. There are some integrations with the operating system
that Microsoft Edge has that Windows 10 relies on. Following guides online to
completely uninstall Microsoft Edge could hit you with some unintended side
effects because of this.

Instead of uninstalling Microsoft Edge, you
can simply hide it from sight and ensure it doesn’t impact your PC performance.
That way, it doesn’t intrude on your day to day activities.

Stop All Microsoft Edge Redirects

The first step is to stop Windows 10 apps like
Cortana, or any links in the OS from sending you through Microsoft Edge instead
of your previously set default web browser. To do this, we’ll use a tool called
EdgeDeflector. It’s a small application that will intercept any links on your
operating system that typically get forced through Microsoft Edge. Those links
will then be rerouted to your default web browser.

To use EdgeDeflector, visit the Github page and download the latest Edge_Deflectorinstall.exe in the Github releases. Once installed, open the Edge_Deflectorinstall file and go through the installation process.

After installing, a pop-up will appear that
asks how do you want to open this? Click EdgeDeflector.
Now, all forced Microsoft Edge links will open in your default browser instead.
Want to test if it’s working? Press Windows
Key + R
to open the Run menu.

Next, type microsoft-edge://example.com/ and then click OK. This is the same URI that is used to send forced links to
Microsoft Edge, but EdgeDeflector should now kick in and reroute that link
through your default browser instead.

If you have any difficulties, make sure you
have actually set your default web browser. Type Default web into the Start menu and click Choose a default web browser. Ensure you have your preferred choice
selected under web browser.

Hide Microsoft Edge and Stop Bing Searches

The next step is to remove Microsoft Edge from
appearing on your PC. After, I will guide you through rerouting Bing searches.
Firstly, open the Start menu and type Microsoft
Edge
. Right click the icon in the start menu and then click unpin from Start and unpin from taskbar.

By default, Microsoft Edge won’t start up when
you turn on your PC, so at this point you’ll no longer see mention of it on
your Start Menu or Taskbar and it won’t run in the background.

On top of this, nothing you do on your PC will
open into Microsoft Edge. For example, typing for a search in the start menu
and clicking see web results will
now open in your default browser. However, you may notice searches still open
in Bing.

If you’d like to redirect search results to another search engine, you should use an extension on your browser of choice. For example, on Google Chrome you can use Chrometana to redirect your bing search to a different search engine.

Click the link above to install Chrometana as
an extension. Click add to Chrome to
install it. Once installed, choose your default search engine. Google,
DuckDuckGo and Yahoo are available, but you can click the advanced settings to
enter a custom web search too.

After this, when you make a web search through
the Start menu or through Cortana, it will redirect through your chosen search engine.
There is a small period of time added to your search due to the redirect
happening, but if you absolutely cannot stand Bing it’s a worthwhile sacrifice.

If you are using Firefox, I’d suggest using Bing2Google. You can install Bing2Google by visiting the Bing2Google extension page on Firefox and clicking Add to Firefox. Click add when the extension asks for your permission. The only permission it specifically needs is to access URL data when you visit bing.com. It won’t have access to anything else.

All Bing searches, regardless of their origin,
will now be redirected to Google. This includes searches through Cortana or the
Start menu.

Summary

Thanks for reading my guide on how to remove Microsoft Edge. This guide helped explain how to stop Windows 10 redirecting you through Edge.

I also explained how to stop Bing from being the forced search engine when searching through Windows 10. If this guide didn’t help solve your problem, please feel free to reach out and I’ll be happy to offer assistance.

How to Bulk Resize Photos Using Windows 10

You can easily and quickly resize a single photo manually, but what if you need to manually resize a bunch of photos?

In this article, we’ll go through the process of manually resizing multiple photos in one shot using just Windows 10. We’ll also talk about one free tool that can also solve this problem.

Use the Mail Recipient Hack

An easy way to manually resize multiple photos is to turn to Windows 10 explorer. While there is no function that directly allows you to “bulk resize” your photos, it can still get the job done. You just need to think outside of the box.

Here’s what you
need to do.

First, gather all
the photos that you plan on resizing. Make sure to place them in the same
folder.

Select all of
these photos. You can press ctrl + A for this. Right-click on them and
choose Send to. Then choose Mail recipient.

An Attach Files window will then pop up.
Here, you can specify the Picture size
you want. Your choices are Smaller,
Small, Medium,
and Large.

Once you’ve
chosen the size for your photos, you can check the Total estimated size of the photos that are about to be resized.
Finish this process by clicking Attach.

Because you chose
to send these photos to a mail recipient, Microsoft Outlook will then come up.
In the program, you will see the resized attachments.

Click the arrow
on any one of these attachments. Doing this will allow a drop-down menu to come
up. In it, choose Select All.

Once you have
selected all the photos, do the process again. Click on the arrow on any
selection and this time, choose Save As.

Choose where you
want to save these resized photos. Then click OK.

Use a Freeware Tool

The tool to use for this is Image Resizer for Windows. It’s free, small and completely malware-free.

Once it’s downloaded, click Install.

Once the program
is installed on your computer, you’re good to go. Now, go to the folder
containing the photos that you want to resize.

Select your photos. Then right-click on them and choose Resize pictures from the options.

A window will then pop up. Here, you can modify the basic settings for the pictures that will be processed.

You can select
the size for the pictures. If you don’t like Small, Medium, Large, and Phone
sizes, go for a custom size. Choosing custom is how you can adjust the
aspect ratio of a particular batch of pictures.

You can also Make pictures smaller but not larger, Resize
the original pictures,
and Ignore the
orientation of pictures
. Just select the appropriate choices and hit resize
when you’re done.

And if you want to tweak the default sizes of the pictures, check out the Advanced options.

There, you can
edit the default sizes of the pictures. These default settings will show up the
next time you use this program.

Apart from the pictures’ sizes, the Advanced Options also allows you to do more. You can explore the Encoding, File, and About tabs.

These are two simple and easy ways to resize many photos in Windows 10 without much hassle.

What To Do If Webpages Are Loading Slowly On Windows 10

The Windows 10 Update made Windows a much faster operating system than Windows 7 and 8.1. It also came with promising new features such as Cortana and Microsoft Edge.

The downside? Along with it, it dragged a headache-inducing issue – slow internet speed. Sadly, there is no 1-click fix for it.

The good news is you don’t have to
call for tech support. You can fix it!

Disable (& Regularly Enable) Windows Update

Disabling Windows Update is the magic solution here. But if you make it permanently, your operating system won’t be up-to-date. Therefore, you’ve just opened the door for bugs and viruses to enter.

So instead, use a workaround. Disable it and re-enable it when you’ll be ready for updates.

  • First, open the Start menu, find the Control Panel, and go to System and Security.
  • Then choose Administrative Tools.
  • Then locate and click on Services.
  • Then scroll down to find Windows Update. Right-click on it to select Properties.
  • On the Startup type field, choose Disabled.
  • Click Apply.

Close Background Apps & Services

It can be boring not to have apps like Spotify running in the background while you’re sweating it out. But if you want to do something about your slow loading webpages, they need to go.

  • First, right-click on your Windows taskbar and launch Task Manager.
  • Then hit the Performance tab.
  • Click Open Resource Monitor at the bottom.
  • Hit the Network tab and check the processes with a high number of Send and Receive requests.
  • The higher the number of requests, the higher they are on the list of apps and services that take up your bandwidth.

If you want to close built-in background apps and services, here’s how you can easily do that:

  • First, go to Start -> Settings -> Privacy.
  • Scroll down to access Background apps.
  • Switch off the function Let apps run in the background.

Close The Peer To Peer Update Process

Did you know that you’re sharing your internet bandwidth with total strangers? This might seem wrong to you, especially because you didn’t give Windows permission to do this.

The upside? You can fix it!

  • First, open the Start menu -> Settings -> Update & Security.
  • Open the Windows Update tab and click Advanced options.
  • Go to Delivery Optimization.
  • Find the section that says Allow downloads from other PCs. Make sure to turn it off.

Disable LSO

LSO stands for Large Send
Offload
. As mentioned earlier, background apps can slow down your
internet. That’s why you should disable them.

But even then, this Windows 10 feature doesn’t see eye to eye. It forces background apps to take up a large amount of internet. So you need to disable it.

  • From the Start menu, go to This PC and right-click on it to show (and then choose) Properties.
  • Open Device Manager.
  • Expand Network adapters.
  • Choose your network card. Then hit the Advanced tab.
  • Choose Large Send Offload v2 (IPv4) and set its value to Disabled.
  • Choose Large Send Offload v2 (IPv6) and set its value to Disabled.

Uninstall Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is a cool note-taking app. It works like a bunch of notebooks merged into one massive “master notebook”. If you have something random in mind, you can jot it down using the app. Then you can get back to it later.

It’s useful, without a doubt. But do you actually use it? If not, you need to give it the boot.

  • Launch the Start menu and go to Windows PowerShell.
  • Right-click on this and choose Run as administrator.
  • The Windows PowerShell screen will appear. Paste this command:
Get-AppxPackage
*OneNote* | Remove-AppxPackage
  • Once you press Enter, you’re good to go.

Update Your Drivers

You should also update your drivers.
It’s possible that they got lost
in the process or they’re outdated. They may also be incompatible
with your current Windows version.