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Mapping a Printer on Mac: Staff/Faculty (Updated 2017)


Before you begin adding your printers, you'll need to install the correct drivers.

  • If you are connecting to a Ricoh printer, use the download the drivers and identify the correct printer from this list. Please note, you only need to install the driver files one time. 
    • If you are connecting to SecurePrintJobs, you'll follow these directions using the model and printer drivers for the machine you'll retrieve jobs from most often. If you want to use a printer with stapling features, make sure the printer you choose to use for the SecurePrintJobs driver has that ability. 
  • If you are connecting to an HP printer, you may use the built-in Generic PostScript Printer driver that comes pre-installed on your mac.
  • If you had previously mapped this printer, please remove the old printer from your device before connecting the new one from your device click here for a tutorial how.


Step 1) Start by clicking System Preferences under the Apple symbol in the upper-left hand corner of the screen, or click the icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2) Click the Print & Fax icon.

Step 3) If the padlock in the lower-left is locked, click it to unlock it. If the padlock is unlocked, skip ahead to STEP 5.

Step 4) Enter your local account's username and password.

Step 5) Click the Plus Sign to add a printer.

Step 6) While pressing the Control Key, click the Default icon and choose Customize Toolbar from the contextual menu that appears.

Step 7) Drag the Advanced (gear-shaped) icon to the toolbar.

Step 8) Click Done.

Step 9) Click the Advanced icon that was just added to the toolbar.

Step 10) Choose Windows printer via spoolss from the drop-down menu.

Step 11) Type the printer's address in the URL Field using the following format: smb:// with the appropriate path.

  • To find the printer path names follow this link
  • The path for SecurePrintJobs is smb:// 

Step 12) Put an appropriate name in the Name Field.

Step 13) In the Use drop-down, choose Select Software.

Step 14) A list of all printer drivers that you have installed will appear in the next window. You can use the search-bar to find your printer model. If you're connecting to SecurePrintJobs, please search for the model of the printer you'll be retrieving jobs from most often.

Step 15) Click Add. When the next screen appears, make sure you click the checkbox next to "Duplex Printing Unit". If your printer has extra features or trays or finishing features, you can set those up now.

Step 16) You should now see the printer in the box on the left hand side.

Step 17) After you submit a print job, it will ask you to authenticate using your Eaglenet (network) username and password.



Step 1) You need to enable something called CUPS in order to modify the printer settings. Click on the Spotlight icon (looks like a magnifier glass) in the upper-right corner of your screen. Type "terminal" in the search bar and click on the first application that appears in the list (see below)



Step 2) When the Terminal window opens, wait a few seconds, then copy and paste the following command exactly as it appears below then press the return key on your keyboard:

  • cupsctl WebInterface=yes


Step 3) Quit Terminal and then open Safari and go to http://localhost:631

Step 4) Click on the Administration tab across the top of the page.

Step 5) Click the Manage Printers button under the Printers menu.

 Step 6) Click Set Default Options from the Administrator menu.

Step 7) Click on the General tab, then change Duplex mode to Long Edge and Color Mode to Black & White. This will set your default options to print double sided and black and white

Step 8) Now you can click Set Default Options and close your browser. You're all set!



If you have any questions, please call the Technology Solutions Center x3619 or visit us at BAC C107.