Add a printer Mac

In addition to installing a USB printer, you can also install a printer on a shared network. To install a shared IP printer, go to System Preferences and select Print, Print and Fax. Once the connection is established, the Add button becomes active and you can click it to add your printer.

If your wireless printer is correctly set up, you can add your printer with the built-in print and scan capabilities of OS X. If you click Add printer or scanner on older Mac models, you will also need to click Login to get a list of printers. You will see that a printer has been detected on your Mac, and printers nearby will be added to the Printers and Scanners submenu.

By default, this tab on your Mac displays a list of detectable printers on the network. It automatically fills in the list of printers on the network.

Find the name of the printer you want to add as indicated on the label on the printer itself. The printer name should be based on where the printer is located, e.g. Department name, room number or printer (e.g. Kplz404, lw, cla, hist, copy, etc. Before you can add a printer with these steps, you need to know the IP address of your printer.

Click the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen, select System Settings, and then click Printer & Scanner. Open the System Settings panel and select Options > Print & Scan > Print & Scan (for older versions, a list of printers configured on the local system will appear). It is also possible to press the unlock icon to confirm that you have added a new printer.

The default choice is the default fax IP for Windows, but we would like to select an option that is more advanced. To do this, select the driver you want to use for printing and then search for available network printers in the drop-down list for the printer that you want to add. Try changing the log settings and re-select the automatic selection from the “Use” menu.

You can scroll down and type in the search box in the drop-down list your printer name to find the printer you want to add. Select “Select File to Print” and then click “Printer” in the Pop-up menu to select a printer near by from printer and scanner settings and select your printer. If you already have a Wi-Fi printer, you will need to connect it using a USB cable to your Mac to make a Wi-Fi printer.

To connect a Wi-Fi printer to your Mac install the included Mac software, use Printer Setup Assistant and connect the printer directly to your Wi-Fi network. Once set up, you can disconnect the USB cable from your printer and your Mac and printer will remain connected to the network.

This setup requires an AirPrint compatible printer connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac. Connect a network printer to your Mac and make it available by adding a printer or scanner to the default tab. If the Ethernet and Wi-FI options are not available, connect the printer to the Mac’s network router via USB and add it to the printer / scanner.

Once your Mac recognizes the printer, you can turn it on. The computer system indicates that the connection to the printer has been established and the Inlcude button is active. Check that the printer is connected using the same method used for the AirPrint printer.

With Canon printers, especially newer models, they tend to support AirPrint, in which case you can set up printing in an instant. This is a simple step, but most printers run out of time and the automatic printer installation does not work. Update the location where the USB printer is connected so that you can connect it.

If not, you will need to find and download the Canon Printer Drivers for your Mac system from the official Canon site. Make sure you know the name of the printer queue you want to install (you need this in step 5c).

If you are uncertain of the printer name you want to add, log in to and locate your printer in name field at the bottom of the list and automatically fill out the address field. If you are not yet sure what name you have, you should find it in the list of printers at / printer. If you reinstall an existing printer that does not seem to work, delete it and find it in steps 1 and 2.

Make sure your Mac is running the latest version of macOS (System Preferences > Software Updates) and turn on your printer (see Documentation if you don’t know how to do that), then open System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, click the Plus button and select your printer from the list you want to add. Once you have the printer enabled, you can pair the enabled printer with your Mac and start printing as if you were wearing wireless headphones. If you have connected your printer to USB, go to System Settings > Printers and Scanners and click the Plus button. Select the printer with the name “USB” and click Add to connect your USB printer.

If you need to print, click the Bluetooth icon in your Mac settings to pair your printer. The exact details of the connection process vary by printer type.

Most of the time, you probably won’t think about connecting a wireless printer to your Mac until the printer is connected to the same wireless network as your display on your computer. In most cases, you can add a printer to MacOS by using AirPrint to connect the printer and download printer software, known as the printer driver. For the first connection, you need to connect the printer to the Mac using a USB cable.

Install the software supplied with the printer from the manufacturer’s website and follow the instructions in MacOS for one of the tasks that will prompt you to download the latest software if needed.