Connecting your Microsoft Surface to a printer allows you to print documents from your tablet just as you would with a regular computer. The Surface is designed to recognize Windows 8-compatible wireless printers automatically, meaning that you don't even need to physically connect your tablet to a printer in order to print documents. You can also connect printers through the Surface's USB port. If the Surface does not recognize a connected printer, you can add the printer manually through the device's Settings menu.

Step 1

Switch your printer on and connect it to your Surface using a USB cable. If you are connecting a wireless printer, follow the manufacturer's instructions to add the printer to your wireless network. The printer must be connected to the same network as your Surface.

Step 2

Swipe inwards from the right edge of the Surface's screen to bring up the device's Charm bar, then tap “Settings.”

Step 3

Tap “Change PC Settings” and then select “PC and Devices.” Tap “Devices” to bring up a list of peripherals that your Surface can communicate with.

Step 4

Tap “Add a Device” and select your printer from the list. The Surface will now be able to recognize and send documents to your printer.


  • Surface Pro and Pro 2 devices are only compatible with Windows 8.1-certified printers. Surface 2 and RT devices are only compatible with Windows 8.1 RT-certified printers.

  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 devices. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.