When configuring your Canon printer for the first time, begin by taking it out of its box and removing all of its wrapping. Turn on the printer by plugging it into a power source. Install the ink cartridges and load paper into the tray. Download the necessary drivers from the Canon website or use the included CD. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers on your computer. Connect the printer to your computer using a USB cable or configure it to connect to your Wi-Fi network.