How to Find an IP Address of a Printer on a Network

Every piece of hardware on a network has an Internet Protocol (IP) address--a number that identifies that specific hardware. Knowing the IP address is useful because it can be used to directly access the printer.

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Navigate to the Control Panel

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Using a Windows machine, click on the Start menu button.

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Navigate to the Control Panel icon and left click on it. If you can't find the Control Panel icon open a Windows Explorer window, which should be in the Accessories drop-down menu, under the Programs menu. Type "Control Panel" in the address bar without the quotation marks. It will take you to the Control Panel. The Settings menu also provides a link to the Printer/Faxes icon.

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Navigate to the Printers/Faxes icon. (They may be separate icons.) Left click on it. If you cannot find the Printer icon, it may be in a menu labeled Hardware.

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Right click on the printer you want. Left click on Properties in the drop-down menu.

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Click on the Configure Ports button, which will be under the Ports tab. The name and IP address should be listed at the top of the menu.