Technology is constantly evolving, which means that occasional updates are necessary on your devices to keep them running at optimal performance. Take your smartphone for example. You likely download software updates every so often to improve performance. In the workplace, your printer driver is just one of the many types of technology that will require an update to keep it running smoothly.

What is a printer driver?

A printer driver essentially functions as a means of communication between your computer and your printer when you submit a job to be printed to a networked printer. The printer driver essentially dictates what is printed on a piece of paper.

Why should you update your printer driver?

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your printer driver, you may experience some issues that can effect performance and slow down your workflow. Here are some of the most common signs that it’s time to update your printer driver:

  • The quality of print jobs is less than satisfactory.
  • Printing jobs are getting lost in the queue.
  • A rise in connectivity issues.
  • The printer simply does not respond to requests.

How do you update a printer driver?

If you determine that your printer driver needs an update, the first thing you should do is check the make and model of your printer. This is because your printer will require a specific driver update.

Your printer brand’s website is where you will need to go to determine which update is necessary for your machine. The installer will take you through the steps, but if you’re unsure, it’s a good idea to leave the downloading and installation to your IT department.

If your company has a Managed Print program in place, your printer driver will be proactively updated before your employees experience some of the issues that indicate an update is necessary. This can prevent a lot of stress in the workplace as well as keep operations flowing smoothly.

Please contact us to learn more about some of the signs that your printer driver may need to be updated and what you can do to be proactive in preventing these printing issues from occurring.