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USB printer setup in OS X

A USB printer connects to your computer using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable. Mac OS X automatically sets up most USB printers for you. Once you connect a USB printer to your computer, you should be able to choose it in the Print dialog when you print a document.

If your printer does not appear in the Printer pop-up menu, find and install the appropriate driver. Check any CD-ROM discs included with the printer, or the website of your printer's manufacturer. Only users with an administrator account can install software.

Check the Printer menu again after installing the software. If the printer does not appear, you may need to do this:

  1. Make sure the printer is connected to your computer, plugged in, and turned on
  2. For Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier, from the Printer menu in the print dialog choose Edit Printer List. The Printer List window appears
  3. For Mac OS X 10.3 or later, choose Show Printer List from the View menu. The Printer List window appears
  4. Click the Add Printer button
  5. Choose USB from the first pop-up menu
  6. Select your printer from the list
  7. Click Add
  8. Close the Printer List window