How do I add a network printer to my MSU Denver Windows computer?


This article will guide you to add a networked, on-campus printer that is not published in the directory to your computer.

Before you begin...

  1. This process should only be used for single-user machines, DO NOT IMPLEMENT THESE STEPS FOR SHARED MACHINES OR LAB COMPUTERS.
  2. This article is for faculty and staff using an MSU Denver ITS-issued Windows computer wishing to add a network printer that is not currently listed in the directory
  3. If you believe your printer is a directory printer (label on printer says so) please go to the How do I print on campus? page to find the right article that suits your needs.
  4. You must know the printer's name and server which can sometimes be found on a label on the physical printer or by asking someone else in your department.
  5. In order to print on campus, your computer must be either:
    • hard wired into the network using a docking station or Ethernet cable
    • OR on the campus WiFi with the GlobalProtect VPN turned on and connected


  1. On the machine that needs the printer open File Explorer.

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  2. In the address bar, type \\ and press Enter.
        Note: if the printer cannot be located in \\, the printer may also be located on \\

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  3. Navigate to (or search for) the printer that needs to be added.
  4. Right-click the desired printer and Select Connect.

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  5. Print a test page to ensure that the installation was successful.


The printer will be installed on your computer.

Additional Information

If you experience any problems during this process please fill out a Printer Issues & Support form or call the Service Desk at (303) 352-7548

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