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Adding a Printer    
If you want to add a printer to your computer, whether it’s a new printer or an existing printer, you want to first set up the printer, meaning plug in the power cable, put ink and paper in the printer. Next you want to connect the printer to your computer with a USB cable. If you are not sure what a USB cable looks like, visit the Glossary page on FreeMacLessons.com. Once the USB cable is connected to your computer, turn the printer on. Then you want to go to the System Preferences, and click on the Print icon. Next, click the plus button on the bottom left to add a printer to your computer. Once you do that the computer will scan your computer and your network for any available printers. A list of available printers will then appear on the left. You will see the printer connected with the USB cable, click on it and the computer will automatically scan your computer for the correct printer driver for your make and model of printer. If you are on the Leopard operating system or later, chances are that your computer already has the correct printer driver installed. If you do not see your correct printer driver appear, if it says Generic, then you will need to go to the manufacturer’s website and download the correct driver before continuing. Also, if your computer is much newer than your operating system, or you experience any issues with your printer, it’s a good idea to visit the manufacturer’s website and check for any updated drivers. Once you have the correct driver show up in the “Print Using” section go ahead and click the Add button. Now you will see that your printer has been added on the left. Now when you go to print something the printer you just added will show up as an available option to print to.
 
         
 
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