How to add a Windows shared printer to Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mrochester, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hi all

    I've followed the instructions on the Apple website in relation to adding a Windows shared printer to a Mac ( but I still can't get it to work.

    When I send a test page to the printer it appears in the Windows print queue and shows 'spooling' as the status. The document never prints.

    I really don't know where to go from here, I'm just totally stumped and I've been trying for weeks to get this to work. Has anyone got any ideas?

    Many thanks

  2. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    I got it to work in a couple minutes Saturday when I bought my MBP. My Win machine with the printer is Win 7 and I followed this procedure. It worked fine.

    On the Windows 7 PC
    1. In Windows 7 Control Panel
    2. Select "Programs and Features" pane
    3. Click "Turn Windows Features on or off"
    4. Turn on the LPD protocol.
    5. Ensure printer(s) are shared

    On the Mac
    1. Start Applications/Utilities/Printer Setup Utility
    2. Hold down the "Option" key and click the "More Printers" button
    3. From the top menu select "Advanced"
    4. From the "Device:" field select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"
    5. In the "Device URL:" lpd://PCName/PrinterShareName
    6. Click the "Add" button
  3. mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Finally got it to work via the SMB approach but needed to use a different driver (not the rather obvious Canon iP4200 driver). Although I don't seem to be able to duplex print.

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