Lost Your Printer Manual?

Posted Monday, October 11th, 2010 by .

Lose Something?Whether it is thrown away with the packing material or lost in translation along the way, so often the essential user’s manual for your printer is nowhere to be found.   It can be extremely frustrating not to have your printer’s manual when you need it, but don’t worry, you are not out of options.


A software CD comes with most printers and is typically required to set-up the printer on a network.  Sometimes this CD will contain a PDF copy of the printer’s manual.  Insert the disc and look for a file called “User Guide”, “User Manual” or something similar. Chances are, though, if you misplaced the manual, you probably aren’t certain of the CD’s location, either.

Search EngineSearch Engine

If you pull up the internet and use a standard search engine, such as Google or Bing, you should be able to find some helpful results.  Simply enter your model number, Brother DCP-7045, for instance, along with the term “user’s guide” or “manual” and click search.  You should be able to find your manual on one of the sites that match your search.


Manufacturer Support

Most printer manufacturers provide a PDF of the manual on their website that you can download for free, and this is usually the quickest and easiest option.  Below is a list of the major printer manufacturers and links to their support and download sections.  In most cases you are only required to enter your model number into the search box:

HP  Support-Drivers
Okidata  User Guides/Manuals
Canon  Support & Drivers
Lexmark  Support & Downloads
Xerox  Support & Drivers
Dell  Support – Manuals
Brother  Download Manuals and Product Documentation
Konica-Minolta  Support- Manuals
Epson  Epson Support
Samsung  Samsung Download Center
Ricoh  Ricoh Downloads


You should be able to locate your manual if you follow the provided links.  If you are still having trouble, contact the manufacturer directly via email or phone.


Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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