Setting up a printer in Mac OS X is
easy; the basic procedure is the same for local (USB) and networked (both AppleTalk
and TCP) printers. First, you'll need to locate and launch the OS X Print
Center application; there are several ways to do this.
- Opening the Mac Help center (under the Help menu when in
Finder) is a handy way to learn more about how to do things in OS X. By
default, when the Mac Help window is first opened, the question "How
do I print my documents?" is one of the last questions near the bottom
of the window; click it.
- Type in the question "How do I add a printer" (as shown below
in the Ask field), and you will see the following window:
Please read this Help window carefully, as it contains important information
on how Mac OS X handles the printer(s) you want to use.
Next we'll have a look at the Print
Center application. Print Center can be launched by clicking the
"Open Print Center for me" link in the Help screen, as shown above.
Alternately, Print Center can be opened from the Utilities folder,
found in the Applications folder on your Mac OS X volume. The following
series of four screen shots illustrates where to find the Print Center
The Print Center application as selected above is the same program that gets
launched from the "Open Print Center" hyperlink in the OS Help screens.
Launching Print Center brings up a window that looks like this:
Note that the three most likely types of printer connection at UIC are displayed
above: a) an IP or "TCP host"
(184.108.40.206), and b) a typical AppleTalk networked printer (lib2-460_ref),
which in this case happens to be the Reference Department Printer
To connect to another printer,
of any type, click Add Printer... to display the following drop-down
Now you can see how to choose between IP and AppleTalk printers.
To connect to an AppleTalk printer on the network, select AppleTalk
in the sub-menu:
Available networked printers will be listed; simply select one and click the
Add button. To select an TCP printer for IP printing, open the menu
by clicking the arrows in the AppleTalk bar, then select the "TCP
Printers using IP" item as shown below.
printing requires that you know either the IP number of the printer you wish to print to. Here is a list of Library Networked printers and their respective departments. Contact Lib-Sys if your department is not listed.:
In the window that follows, enter the IP number or domain name of the TCP
printer you wish to print to in the TCP Printer's Address: box, and
then click the Add button:
Thursday, 10-Jun-2004 09:28:55 CDT