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Print from Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a Windows 7 Shared Printer


  1/23/2010 10:08:23 AM

Print from Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a Windows 7 Shared Printer


I've been trying for a long time to print from MAC OS X to a printer shared on my windows network. Throughout various MAC OS X operating system releases and updates I have had this working and then break over and over again. My latest upgrade to MAC OS X Snow Leopard once again broke printing for me. And, until now, I hadn't found a solution. So, here's how to print to a printer shared on Windows 7 (64 bit in my case, but this should work for 32 bit too) from MAC OS X Snow Leopard.

On the Windows 7 PC (that Printer is Shared From)

  1. In Windows 7 Control Panel
  2. Select "Programs and Features"
  3. Click "Turn Windows Features on or off"
  4. Click on the "LPD Print Service". Under "Print and Document Services"
  5. Ensure printer(s) is shared (use a share name with no spaces!)

On the Mac

  1. Open "System Preferences" - "Print & Fax"
  2. Click "+" to add a printer
  3. Right click anywhere on the tool bar and select "Customize Toolbar" then drag the "Advanced" button to the toolbar
  4. Select "Advanced"
  5. In the "Type:" field select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"
  6. In the "URL:" field enter lpd://Windows7IPAddress/PrinterShareName; (e.g., lpd:// Make sure there are no spaces in your printer's share name. Using lpd://Windows7ServerName/PrinterShareName does not work, the IP address must replace Windows7ServerName The IP address is the address of your PC, the one assigned by your router
  7. "Print Using" drop-down list: I was able to select my printer's software from the driver list and it worked (HP Deskjet F4200 Series). Check the list to see if it includes your printer and try. If your printer isn't listed or things don't work select "Generic Postscript Printer" instead (Not all printers are postscript printers though).
  8. Click the "Add" button

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