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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Setting up printers


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Setting up printers

Much as we talk about the paperless office, printing documents created on our computer 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. And to do that we go to System Preferences, select Print & Scan, and here is the Print & Scan window. In order to add a printer, you click on the plus button, choose Add Other Printer or Scanner, or if there's a nearby printer that is sharing via Bonjour, which is a zero configuration setup, it will appear in your list of printers.
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X 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, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Setting up printers

Much as we talk about the paperless office, printing documents created on our computer 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. And to do that we go to System Preferences, select Print & Scan, and here is the Print & Scan window. In order to add a printer, you click on the plus button, choose Add Other Printer or Scanner, or if there's a nearby printer that is sharing via Bonjour, which is a zero configuration setup, it will appear in your list of printers.

We happen to have one so let's go ahead and add that. And the reason it shows up is because it's connected to my local network. If you don't yet have a printer and you're looking for something that's this easy to set up, what you want to look for is a printer that's Bonjour compatible or zero configuration compatible. And there's our Bonjour printer. Yeah, many of you won't have access to this kind of printer. Oftentimes you'll have a USB printer and we'll see how that looks. So I'll plug a USB cable from my printer into my Mac.

When you plug in your printer, you may be prompted to download and install software for this printer if it isn't already on the Mac or sometimes this will update the software that's currently installed on your Mac. So we will click Install. We Agree, and it goes out and searches for the software drivers for your printer. Note that this may take a few minutes to download the proper software, but this is much better than the way it used to be. Sometimes you would get a new printer, you would connect it to your Mac, the driver wouldn't be there, you'd have to go to the manufacturer's website, see if you can find the driver, download it, hope that it was the right driver, and then configure it that way.

This is much faster and this is a vast improvement in setting up your printer. When you have a couple of printers set up, you can choose one to be the default printer, from the Default printer pop-up menu. In this case, we are going to make this first D110 be our default printer. So these are the two kind of easy-does-it set ups for a printer. But suppose you have something a little more obscure, for example, you have a network printer. In order to add that, click the plus button and then click the IP button. What you need in order to do this is to have the IP address for that printer.

Oftentimes you can get this address simply by printing out a test sheet on that printer. So we happen to have a network printer nearby. I am going to enter that address and press Return. It tells me that it is a valid and complete address, and now it's going to look on the network to see if it can find that printer, and sure enough it did find it. Here we have this now Aficio MP C4500 printer. One thing you want to do before you click the Add button to add this printer is name it.

Right now you are only named for the IP address and most people have no idea what that is. So we are going to call that Upstairs printer, click Add, and it will set up the printer. Again, it's downloading the software update and it's installing that software. Once it's done that, you can choose some options on this. For example, I can choose to tray the pape'rs in, and there may be some more arcane printer setting, so you can deal with. In this case I am just going to click OK, and we are set. So now we see we have our USB printer, we have the Bonjour printer, and we have the network printer added to our Print & Scan window.

For the most part this is all you need to know about printing. We are going to look at sharing your printer in another movie.

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