Adding a Campus Printer - Mac OS

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These instructions describe how to add an on-campus networked/shared printer on a Mac OS computer. This self-guided process should take 5-15 minutes.


There are 4 parts to this guide and each part includes several smaller steps. Follow the instructions step by step to add the printer to your computer. If you get stuck, you can contact or submit a support request at

Part 1: Gather Required Information

Gather the following information for the networked printer you will be adding:

  1. Print Server name.
    • At the time of this writing, the name is: SHELTIE
  2. Print queue name:
    • Campus printers should have a label adhered to them indicating the queue name. Usually, this is the printer's location and model.
    • For example: HELPDESK_8600
  3. Printer location:
    • Office or area where the printer is located. Library, Helpdesk, Payroll, etc.
  4. Printer model:
    • Located on the printer itself.
    • Examples: Canon C3530i, HP 8600, etc.
  5. (OPTIONAL) Printer features:
    • Features can be found by performing a quick google search with the printer’s model. Examples: Duplex, Collated, Tray 2, etc. (You can ignore features you will not use)
  6. (OPTIONAL) Download and install the appropriate driver for the printer:
    • This step is not usually required. If you encounter problems during PART 4: Print a Test Page, try installing the appropriate driver from the manufacturer’s website, then repeat the installation process.

Part 2: Locate the Advanced Printing Option

The advanced printing options are hidden by default. To reveal them, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the Apple icon located on the menu bar (by default this will be in the upper left-hand corner of your screen) and then select "System Preferences" from the drop-down menu.
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 2.1 System Preferences.png
  2. From the System Preferences window, click on "Printers & Scanners" (on older versions of macOS, this may be called "Print & Scan").
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 2.2 System Preferences Detail.png
  3. Click on the "+" symbol below the list of printers. From the drop-down menu, select "Add Printer or Scanner..."
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 2.3 Add Printer or Scanner.png
  4. A new window called "Add Printer" will appear (on older versions of macOS, this may be called "Add"). If there is NOT an "Advanced" button in its toolbar (on top, alongside "Default", "Fax", "IP", etc.), then you will need to customize the toolbar (see step 5). If the toolbar already contains an "Advanced" button, skip ahead to PART 3: Add a Printer or Scanner.
  5. While holding down the control button on your keyboard, click on an empty space in the toolbar area and select "Customize Toolbar..." from the drop-down menu.
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 2.5 Customize Toolbar Detail.png
  6. Drag the "Advanced" button out onto the toolbar and drop it there. Then click "Done."
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 2.6 Advananced Toolbar Option.png

Part 3: Add a Printer or Scanner

Now that you have the "Advanced" option, it is time to set up your printer. Perform the following steps:

  1. Click on the "Advanced" button.
  2. Input the following information into the corresponding fields.
    1. Type: LPD/LPR Host or Printer
    2. Device: Another Device
    3. URL: lpd://<print server name here>/<print queue name here>
      • Example: lpd://SHELTIE/HELPDESK_8600
    4. Name: Enter a descriptive name here.
      • Suggestion: Use the print queue name.
    5. Location: Enter the printer's physical location for reference.

      Add aCampus Printer on MacOS 3.3ii.a Printer Drivers Menu Replacement.png
    6. Use: Choose the "Select Printer Software..." option.
      1. A new window called "Printer Software" will appear.
      2. Use the search box to locate the printer software that matches your printer.
        • Hint: Sometimes the printer’s driver is slightly different from the model. This is because the driver is used for a whole series of printers with similar model names.
          For example: HP LaserJet M601, M602, and M603 all use the HP LaserJet 600 driver.
          Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 3.3.ii.a Printer Drivers Menu.png
      3. If no compatible driver appears in the list or you cannot determine which driver to use, close the Printer Software window and instead select “Generic PostScript Printer” from the drop-down menu.
  3. When you are finished, click "Add".
  4. You will be shown a list of features that the printer might support. Select the appropriate features for the printer, then click "OK". If you do not need any of the features listed, you can leave the boxes unchecked and click "OK".
    * HINT: Duplex means double-sided.
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 3.4 Potential Features.png
  5. Your printer should now appear in the list of available printers. A green dot next to it indicates the printer is ready to print. Try printing a test page to verify everything worked.
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 3.5 Printer Setup Completed.png

Part 4: Print a Test Page

Now that you have installed your printer, perform a test print to make sure everything works. Perform the following steps:

  1. Return to the Printers & Scanners window (See PART 2 - step 2).
  2. Select the printer you would like to test and click the “Open Print Queue” button.
  3. A new window will appear with the name of the printer displayed across the top and a new option called “Printer” will appear on the menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click on “Printer” and from the drop-down menu select “Print Test Page.”
    Add a Campus Printer on MacOS 4.4 Print Test Page.png

You're done!

If you are unable to print or need additional help, please create a support ticket at or email