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Adding a Printer

With all those files on your Mac, sure you can share files electronically. Printing comes in handy when you need to share with folks who don’t have computers. This task shows you how to connect and print to a USB printer whose driver is included with Mac OS X Leopard.

  • circle_1.gif After installing the printer driver software for your printer on Mac OS X Leopard, connect one end of the USB cable to the printer and the other end to the Mac.
  • circle_2.gif In System Preferences, click the Print & Fax button.
  • circle_3.gif The printer appears in the window list. If you only have one printer set up with the Mac, it is the default printer. If you have more than one printer, you can select one from the list.
  • circle_4.gif Click the + (plus) button to add a printer. A window opens with Default selected. A list of networked printers or any printers connected to your Mac’s USB or FireWire ports appears in this window list.
  • circle_5.gif Select a printer from the Default list and click the Add button to add it to the Printers list in the Print & Fax window. The buttons at the top of the window enable you to view or select Fax, IP, Bluetooth, AppleTalk, or other types of printers. If your Mac is connected to a network with Windows printers, choose the Windows button.
  • circle_6.gif Select the Windows workgroup name ( in this example the default name, workgroup is shown). Choose a printer from the list and click the Add button. In this example, there aren’t any Windows printers available on the network.
  • circle_7.gif Open a Finder window, and select a document to print. Choose File > Print. The document prints to the default printer.
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