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AB in Biology and MEd in Educational Leadership (both from Boston University)

Member of Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (20 years as board secretary) [1]

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Printer Configuration

Printer.png Use this tool to connect your computer to a printer and set up appropriate options

Feature List

  • Add a printer to your computer
  • Give each printer a name that helps identify it
  • Perform printer tests and maintenance
  • Remove a printer

Im-status-message-edit.png Note USB printers plugged directly into the computer will probably be automatically recognized and installed by a KDE utility that does the configuration. Even if you disconnect a USB printer, it will remain listed in the printer configuration list.

When a printer is not attached directly to your computer with a USB cable, you will need to use the printer Configuration utility to add the printer, such as when another computer has shared a printer, or you want to connect directly to a printer that is networked with a print server.


Follow these example steps to add a network connected printer to your computer.

Getting to the program is a sequence of straightforward steps.

  • KDE Kickoff -> Computer -> System Settings -> Printer Configuration
  • Once you get to the Printer Configuration tool, click the button to add a printer.
  • Your computer will search your local area network for printers that have been shared on other computers or are directly attached to the network.
In this example, I have an HP Laserjet 2100M which is connected directly to my network using a small print server on the printer.
The next illustration also shows that I have another computer sharing two printers on a Toshiba laptop. If I wanted to use either of them, that other computer would need to be on for the printer to work. Remote printers work best if directly connected to the network or are connected to a dedicated print server computer.

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  • I choose AppSocket/JetDirect

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  • I enter the I number in the Host blank (Currently, the Printer Configuration tool does not identify what that number is, so you will need to ask your network administrator what the IP address is.
You can also see that this tool allows you to connect to a Windows computer by way of SAMBA.

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