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Adding a Network Printer on a Mac

The following instructions will help you add your UMD network printer to your Mac. The instructions are for Mac OS 10.6. You may notice slight variations if you are running a different version of OS X. For students looking to print, please follow the instructions for connecting to the Lab Printers.


  1. Find out the name of the printer you'd like to add. Network names are usually based around where the printer is located, be it your department name or the room number where the printer is. If you don't know the name of the printer on the network, try asking a colleague first. If you are still unsure, please contact ITSS (x8847) and we will help you identify the printer.

    Tip: If you had trouble finding out the name of your printer, do your co-workers a nice favor; tape a label with the printer's name right to the printer itself. This will make it much easier to identify in the future.

  2. Click on the Apple Menu in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and select System Preferences... click on Print & Fax

    System Prefs

  3. Click on the + sign to add a printer

    Plus Sign

  4. Click on IP. In the Address: field, type the name of your printer -lw. For example, to add kplz199, type kplz199-lw

    IP Printer

  5. If you've entered the name of the printer correctly, Valid and complete address should appear directly below the Address field. Also, the Print Using: drop down should automatically select the correct drivers for your printer model.* Click the Add button to continue.

    * In a limited number of cases, especially with fancier copy machines, you may have to download and install drivers from the printer manufacturer's website. If you would like assistance with this, please contact ITSS.

    Print Using

  6. For some printers, an Installable Options box will pop up. If your printer has any special extras such as a Duplex Unit or a Hole Puncher, this is the place to indicate that. If you are not sure if your printer has any extra options, don't worry about it. You can always add them later if they exist and you decide you need them. Once you've made any necessary changes, click Continue.

    Installable Options

  7. That's it! You're done! If you have more printers to add, click the + button to continue adding printers. Happy printing!
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