Printing to a local printer.

If you have a local printer (i.e. one plugged in to the back of your PC) then this may have been set up as your default printer at the time your PC was installed or converted to XP. If this is not the case, or if you purchase a new printer, then you can install your own printer using the Add Local Printer option. Click on

 StartAdd Local Printer > make of printer > model of printer

Please ensure that you select the CORRECT printer, as your printer will not work until the correct driver has been installed.

If you install the incorrect printer, use the Remove Local Printer(s) option to uninstall it:

 Start > Add Local Printer > Remove Local Printer(s)

Selecting a networked printer:

Click on Start > Change Network Printer > site name > printer name

Checking your default printer

  1. Click on Start > JMU Applications > System Utilities > Show Default Printer
  2. A box showing the description and path of your default printer will be displayed.
  3. After you cancel this box, a small printer icon appears in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  4. Point at this icon (without clicking) to show the path (though not the description) of your default printer.

Reselecting your Local Printer as Default

You can only use the Change Printer option on the Start menu to select network printers,

    1. Click on Start > Settings > Printers - the Printers folder will be displayed, showing your local printer, and any networked printers which you may have selected
    2. Right-click on the icon for your local printer
    3. Select the option Set As Default printer

Using your colleagues printer.

It is possible to direct your printout to a local printer plugged in to another PC, provided both PCs are running XP. If you do not have a local printer, but a colleague in the same office does, you may find it convenient to use their printer rather than a networked printer.

To set up your PC to print to a colleagues printer:

On your colleagues PC (with the printer connected):

  1. Logon to your colleague's PC (or ask them to do so)
  2. Right click on My Computer and select Properties
  3. Select the Computer Name tab
  4. The computer name is given under Full Computer Name
  5. This will be of the form XYnnnnnS where the two characters XY correspond to your site (e.g TR for Trueman St, BY for Byrom St etc.), the number nnnnn is the computer number on the blue sticker on the computer base, and the character S means the PC is a Staff client. Ignore the

On your PC

  1. Logon to your own PC
  2. Click Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes to open the Printers folder.
  3. Double click on Add a Printer. This will launch the Add Printer Wizard. Click on Next> to proceed to the next screen.
  4. Select A Network printer server, or a printer attached to another computer, and click Next>.
  5. Click the Connect to this printer option and in the Name box, type the name of the printer to connect to. This will be of the form \\XYnnnnnS\LocalPri where XYnnnnnS is the computer name of your colleague's PC.
  6. Click OK
  7. Select Set as default printer
  8. Click Next
  9. Click Finish - The shared printer will now appear in the Printers folder e.g as "Local Printer on XynnnnnS" and is your default printer.

If you would like to connect to a printer connected to a PC running Windows NT, please contact the CIS Helpdesk for further advice

Page last modified 11 August 2011.

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