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Installing and using new printers has gotten much easier in Snow Leopard. In Leopard and other previous versions of OS X, when you installed the operating system it included tons of printer drivers for printers you would probably never connect to your Mac. Now in Snow Leopard, you get a much smaller set of drivers installed by default, freeing up space on your hard drive for more of your own files. This smaller set of drivers includes drivers for the most common brands and models of printers you may come across. In cases where the printer you connect to your Mac is not among these common printers, Snow Leopard will detect the new printer and automatically find the correct driver online, download it, and install it as long as it's the same Mac compatible printer of course.
On top of that, your printer driver will be added to the list of software that Snow Leopard will occasionally look for updates to when you run Software Update available from the Apple menu > Software Update. So to add a printer, open up System Preferences like I have here, and go to the Print & Fax preference pane. Click the Plus symbol to add a printer. And, after a moment, Snow Leopard should detect any printers connected directly to your Mac or on your network if you have a network printer. In this case I have an HP Photosmart C5100 series printer connected to my network.
To add it as a printer for this Mac I just select it and click Add. And that's pretty much it. No manually searching for drivers or installing software from the manufactures CD-ROM. As you can see the printer has been added to my Mac and it's ready to be used. And I didn't install a single driver myself. And before I even started recording this movie, all I did was just connect the printer to my network. And if HP does release a new version of the driver later on, Snow Leopard will detect it and ask me if I want to install and download it through Software Update.
So that's how easy it is to add a new printer to your Mac running Snow Leopard.
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