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Sunday, December 26, 2010

How to Print from Snow leopard to Windows 7

I finally figured out how to print from my MacBook to a Deskjet 932 attached to my Windows 7 box. I got a lot of help from the comments at My First Mac on my article on connecting a Windows 7 box to a Snow Leopard box. This is a group effort.

Andre Da Costa, Microsoft MVP, figured out how to do it between Leopard 10.5 and Windows 7. Now some factors changed between 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard handles printing as a System Preference, not a Utility program.

So here is how I did it.

First, the Windows side:

1. You want to go to the Control Panel and select the “Programs and Features Pane”.

2. Click “Turn Windows Features on or off”.

3. Go to Print and Document Services

4. Click on the plus sign immediately to the left of “Print and Document Services” so that you can turn on the individual services within Print and Document Services.

5. Turn on the LPD protocol

6. Now go to Printers and select the printer you want to share with your Mac.

7. Ensure printer(s) are shared. Make sure the shared name is one contiguous word, like “Deskjet_932”

On the Mac side:

1. Start the Print & Fax System Preference.

2. You see a list of printers in the left-hand sidebar. At the bottom you see a plus and minus sign.

3. The plus sign adds printers, the minus sign removes printers. So click on the plus sign!

4. Click on the “Advanced” icon

5. For the Type, you want “LPD/LPR Host or Printer”

6. For Device, leave it at “Another Device”

7. For URL you want to enter “lpd://. For example, mine is “lpd://

8. For Name, enter a descriptive name that means something to you.

9. For Location, enter a descriptive name that tells you where you put the printer

10. For Print Using, you want to use the specific driver for that printer. Do not use Generic Postscript printer! Use “Select Printer Software…” to find the printer driver for your printer.

11. Now click on the Add button to add the new printer.

You’re done. Try printing a picture or CNN article as a test.

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