Set up your PIXMA printer with a USB connection

Article ID: ART165717 | Date published: 05/20/2016 | Date last updated: 05/25/2023


Learn how to set up your PIXMA printer with a USB cable connected to your computer.


Before you begin

  • You may need to log onto the computer as administrator.
  • It is recommended to quit all other applications before starting the software installation.
  • You'll need the drivers and installation software from one of these sources:
    • Downloaded from our support site
    • CD-ROM that came with your printer
  • You'll also need a USB cable.  The kind of cable you need is known as an A to B (sometimes shown as A/B) cable.

    A Connector

    B Connector


Please note that these instructions are for Windows PCs and Macs.

If you have a Chromebook, click here for more information.

Download the latest software

  1. Go to our support page.
  2. Enter a model in the Use your Model Name / Number text box.  When the model appears under the text box, select it to access its support page.
  3. Select Software & Drivers.
  4. If the operating system and version of your computer is not shown in the drop down menus, select them. Then, choose the software you want to download.

     The available options will vary depending on your model.

    • Full Driver & Software Package (not available for all models)
    • Master Setup
    • MP Drivers
    • CUPS drivers (Mac only)
  5. Click the Download button, and if necessary select Save to save the file.

    Note that, unless otherwise specified, downloaded files are usually saved in the Downloads folder for Chrome, Firefox, and in the My Documents folder for Safari.

Install software

You need to install some drivers and use a software tool to configure the connection.
Note: Do not connect the USB cable until instructed.
  1. Launch the installation file from your CD ROM or that you've downloaded from our webset, and follow the on-screen prompts.

    Note for downloaded driver files on Macintosh computers: You need to double-click the .PKG file which appears after double-clicking the downloaded file.
  2. At the Connection Method Selection screen, choose USB Connection.
  3. Follow the of the on-screen instructions.
  4. When the Printer Connection screen appears, connect the USB cable between the printer and the computer.
  5. Turn on the printer.
  6. Select Next and continue to follow the rest of the on-screen instructions.
  7. Load some paper before printing the test page.
  8. Select Exit to complete the installation.

Note‚Äč for Mac Users:

If you download and install the CUPS printer driver, connect the printer to your computer with a USB cable after the driver is installed.  The installer will not prompt you to connect the USB cable during the course of the installation.

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