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Configuring your printer


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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Configuring your printer

Much as we yammer on about the paperless office, printing documents created on our computers is still a fact of life, and because it is, you need to know how to add printers to your Mac. So let's take a look. I'm going to go to System Preferences, choose Print & Scan. And currently I have no printers attached to my Mac, but I happen to have one next door. And look, heres the printer. Would I like to download and install software for this particular printer? Indeed, I want to do that. So I click on Install. I agree.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.

Topics include:
  • Installing Mountain Lion
  • Setting up and syncing iCloud
  • Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
  • Setting rules with Parental Controls
  • Jotting down info with Notes
  • Viewing and saving PDFs, text documents, and images
  • Using Safari to browse the Internet
  • Playing and recording videos with QuickTime
  • Video conferencing with FaceTime
  • Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
  • Downloading widgets
  • Sharing files with AirDrop
Subjects:
Business Education + Elearning
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Configuring your printer

Much as we yammer on about the paperless office, printing documents created on our computers is still a fact of life, and because it is, you need to know how to add printers to your Mac. So let's take a look. I'm going to go to System Preferences, choose Print & Scan. And currently I have no printers attached to my Mac, but I happen to have one next door. And look, heres the printer. Would I like to download and install software for this particular printer? Indeed, I want to do that. So I click on Install. I agree.

It finds the software I need and then it downloads it. Now this won't always happen. There are cases that the Mac already has the printer software you need so you may not be queued to download it. In this case, it didn't have it, it wanted it, and it was more than happy to go out and it get it for us. Okay. This is done and the printer was automatically installed for us. The printer we just connected was a USB printer, and this printer not only prints, but it also has a scanning function. But suppose you haven't connected a USB printer, what if you have something on the network? We'll click on +.

We're going to add a printer or scanner. I'm going to select IP, and I'll enter an IP address for this printer that I want. It goes out searching for the printer, and it found it. Now I can give it a name here and then I'll click on Add. It sets up my printer and it shows me the options. I don't need to configure those now so I'll click OK. Here I have my USB printer and my network printer. I can also choose to make one a default. So I'll right-click on the one I want to make that default and choose Set default printer.

That means anytime I pull up a print dialogue box in an application, this will be the printer that's selected. Now note this "Share this printer on the network" option. This is a USB printer, so it's not natively shareable, unlike this printer that actually is on the network. However, I can share this with any other Mac on my local network. Actually, with a PC as well. And the way you do this is through Sharing Preferences. So I click Sharing Preferences, and you see here is the Printer Sharing option and it shows you those printers that you can share.

We'll look at sharing in another movie, just so you know that's how you get to it. You can add other printers as well. Same idea, click +, Add Printers or Scanners, and you have a couple of options. One is, if you have a fax machine, and I believe some people still do, you can do the same kind of thing. Name, look for the location, and then you can use the fax with your Mac. It doesn't have to be a dedicated fax machine. Actually, some multi-use printers include a fax function and you can add them through this. Sometimes you need an extra driver for that device, however.

We've gone through IP printing. Also, you can add Windows printer. So if you have a printer that's connected to a Windows workgroup, you can then connect that printer as well. Note too that this is called print and scan, and as I mentioned, this printer has a scanner with it. I can open the scanner. That will either launch specific software tied to that scanner or Image Capture, and then you can use it to scan your documents. Mountain Lion ships with a large collection of printer drivers, but you may occasionally come across a printer that isn't natively supported.

Now in our case, our printer was happy to install that software for us, but you may not be so lucky. So if your Mac can't seem to identify your printer, go to the printer manufacturer's website and find the most recent Mac compatible version of the driver. Download and install it and you should be able to use the printer with your Mac.

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