When you buy your first Mac, the first thing you probably are going to do is connect all of your peripherals with it. The first peripheral that I connected was my printer. Mac OS X makes it incredibly easy to add a printer:
Adding A USB Printer
- If you’re using a USB printer, just connect the USB cable to the USB port on your Mac.
- From there, open up Printer Setup Utility in Applications > Utilities folder.
- When it loads up, you should see an Add button. Once you see it, click on it.
- Once you click on that, a window should pop-up with a list of all of the printers connected to your Mac.
- Select the printer that you connected and click the Add button in the bottom right corner of the Printer Browser window to add the printer.
Adding A Printer On A Network
- If you are using a printer with an AirPort Express/Extreme, read my tutorial.
- To setup a printer that is on a network, open up the Printer Setup Utility.
- Then, click on the Add button and the Printer Browser window should come up.
- At the top of the window, there are two tabs: Default Browser and IP Printer.
- Click on IP Printer.
- Since I have an HP printer that is on a network, I used the HP Jet Direct – Socket under the Protocol field.
- In the Address field, type in the IP address of the printer.
- Then, in the Name, type in a suitable name for the printer (ex: “HP Laser”).
- Skip the Location field.
- For the Print Using field, find the maker of the printer (ex: HP), then select the model of the printer.
- Click the Add button and you’re done!