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Quick Tip: Adding a Windows Shared Printer to an Apple Mac

Quick Tip: Adding a Windows Shared Printer to a Mac

Start by opening System Preferences, where we chose the Print & Fax preference pane. There you should see a list with all the printers you've currently installed. Click the '+' button to add a new printer. This opens the Printer Browser. Then hold down the Option key and click More Printers; this lets you access the "Advanced" options from the first popup menu.

From the Device menu, select Windows Printer via SAMBA. You can chose the Device Name yourself, but the "Device URI" is a little bit more complicated.

It should look like this:



    • username is the username of an account on the Windows computer.


    • password is the password of this user on the Windows computer.


    • computername is the network name of the computer


    • printername is the name under which the printer is shared on the Windows computer.

For example, suppose there is a windows account "nele" (no password) on the computer named "vaste", and the printer is called "kyocera".

Then you should type: smb://nele@vaste/Kyocera

Finally, select the correct printer model, and click Add. You should now be able to print to your shared printer.

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Rob is the CTO of Beringer Technology Group, and focuses his efforts on software development, cloud engineering, team mentoring and strategic technical direction. Rob has worked with Beringer since 2005, and has influenced every department from Development, Security, Implementation, Support and Sales. Rob graduated with his MBA from Rowan University in 2012, earned his Bachelors of Computer Science in 1997, and is current with several Microsoft technical certifications. Rob is very active, and loves to mountain bike, weight train, cook and hike with his dog pack.

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