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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

  1. If you’re using a USB printer, just connect the USB cable to the USB port on your Mac.
  2. From there, open up Printer Setup Utility in Applications > Utilities folder.
  3. When it loads up, you should see an Add button. Once you see it, click on it.
  4. Once you click on that, a window should pop-up with a list of all of the printers connected to your Mac.
  5. 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.

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Adding A Printer On A Network

  1. If you are using a printer with an AirPort Express/Extreme, read my tutorial.
  2. To setup a printer that is on a network, open up the Printer Setup Utility.
  3. Then, click on the Add button and the Printer Browser window should come up.
  4. At the top of the window, there are two tabs: Default Browser and IP Printer.
  5. Click on IP Printer.
  6. Since I have an HP printer that is on a network, I used the HP Jet Direct – Socket under the Protocol field.
  7. In the Address field, type in the IP address of the printer.
  8. Then, in the Name, type in a suitable name for the printer (ex: “HP Laser”).
  9. Skip the Location field.
  10. For the Print Using field, find the maker of the printer (ex: HP), then select the model of the printer.
  11. Click the Add button and you’re done!

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