Most of the printers that you use are connected to the network. This allows multiple users to share and use a single printer. When you need to print to a network printer that is not currently installed on your computer, you need to first add it to your machine. This is a fairly easy and straightforward process and it is documented below step by step.
How to Install a Network Printer
- Click on 'Start' and then select the 'Run' Option. Type the text below but without the quotes "\\print.college.columbia.edu" and press enter.
- Find the name of the printer that you want to add. The printers are
sorted by department and model number with the department name usually
in abbreviated form. For example printers located in the Center for
Career Education have CCE appended to the beginning of their name
followed by the model number of the printer.
To see more information about a printer, you can switch to details view mode (if you're not already in this view mode). To do this just go to View -> Details as shown in the screenshot below.
In the details view mode, you can read the descriptions in the comments column to get a sense of where the printer is physically located. You can see this view mode in the screenshot below.
- Once you have found the network printer that you want to install,
simply double click it to add it to your computer. A dialog, shown
below, will then flash momentarily as Windows connects to the Printer
and installs the appropriate driver.