Configuring and Managing Printing with Mac

Having a hard copy of a document or presentation can still be a necessity even in today's world of technology. This course will teach you how to manage your printing environment on your Mac.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 6, 2017
Duration
2h 59m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Nov 6, 2017
Duration
2h 59m
Description

Even with advances in technology and companies wishing to go green having a hard copy of a document or presentation is still a necessity, whether it's turning in homework, documents that require a signature, agendas for a meeting, or file archiving. You can even take a file and simply print it or convert it into a PDF file format that can be distributed out. In this course, Configuring and Managing Printing with Mac, you'll learn the different ways to efficiently add and manage local printers, network printers, and scanners. First, you'll discover how to install and share local printers. Next, you'll explore the settings used in print jobs and the scanner portion of printers. Finally, you'll cover some basic troubleshooting steps and how to ultimately reset your printer back to its defaults. When you're finished with this course, you'll have an overall knowledge of how to manage and troubleshoot the printing environment in OS X/macOS.

About the author
About the author

Ken has over 30 years of IT experience. In his career he has worked as a NetWare Admin, Windows Admin, Senior Support Engineer, Trainer, and Consultant.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Ken Mauldin, and welcome to my course on Configuring and Managing Printing with Mac. I'm a technical courseware developer at Palo Alto Networks, a network security company, and an author here at Pluralsight. This course is designed to help prepare you for taking the Apple Certified Associate Mac Integration exam, but it's also helpful for learning the different ways that you can add and manage local printers, network printers, and scanners. In this course, we're going to look at how we can connect a locally-attached printer to our Mac, but also how I can connect my Mac to a network-based printer, including a Wi-Fi printer using AirPrint. We also want to look at how we can configure, manage, and troubleshoot printing with our Macs. Some of the major topics that we will cover include how to install a local or network-based printer, how you can share your printer with others, what kind of settings you can use for your print jobs, how you can use the scanner portion of a multifunction printer to scan documents, what's some of the basic troubleshooting steps are that you can use to help resolve printing issues, and how to reset the print environment back to the default configuration. By the end of this course, you will be able to connect to a printer regardless of where that printer happens to be located. You can manage documents in your print queue, you'll be able to ask basic questions to help your end users with troubleshooting some of their print problems, and how to share your printer with others. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with OS X and Mac OS basics, and how to navigate through Finder and system preferences. A basic knowledge of what permissions are is recommended, but it's not a requirement. I hope you will join me on this journey to learn about printing with Configuring and Managing Printing with Macs here at Pluralsight.

Getting Started
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Configuring and Managing Printing with Mac. When Macintosh first came out, they were very good at desktop publishing, graphics designs, graphic artists used them. I mean, a lot of people that were artistic in a lot of different ways really took the Macs because they were easy to use and they had killer printing capabilities. Well the same exists today, we still have a lot of really killer printing capabilities, but things have kind of evolved or changed over the years for the better, far much for the better, and one of the nice things about the printing environment inside of the Mac is it's very simple and very easy for us to use. Now many people say well, we want to go green, so why would we need a printer, because we still need those abilities to have hard copies, maybe we need somebody to actually provide a signature on a document, and those are the reasons why we still have printing that exists inside of our organizations is because of scenarios like that. And that's what we want to look at as we go through this particular course, is how we can actually set up, and configure, and managing the print environment inside of OS X and Mac OS. So, I hope you'll join me on this journey, and let's get started.

Mac Printing Overview
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Mac Printing Overview. Printing has been one of those staples that's been with us for many, many years. In fact, back even in the DOS days when we didn't have all the nice little graphical interfaces, we were still going through the process of trying to get hard copies of some of our data, whether it was documents, or contracts, or pictures that we liked, something like that might be beneficial for us to have around, because they had network diagrams and so forth in them. And printing today, although it has evolved a lot, it still is basically the same. I want to take what I see on the screen, and I want it to print out or at least provide me on a sheet of paper a hard copy of what I see on the screen. If it's a network diagram, maybe it's something that I can tack to my bulletin board, so I can kind of track, you know, when somebody calls in, where they might be at, or how the network cabling happens to be flowing. If it's a document, maybe it's something that I need to take with me for a meeting, and be able to pass out to others, or maybe it's a course that I have that I'm going to be taking, where I want to actually be able to read the book. Regardless of what I'm using printing for, it's a good idea to get the basics down, and that's what we want to start off with in this particular module, is getting some of those basics, what are some of the common terms that exist, how does the actual process work? So I hope you'll start with me on this journey on overview, and I hope we can build a good, solid initial foundation that can help us going forward. So with that, let's get started.

Connecting to a Network Printer
Hello and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Connecting to a Network Printer. So in a previous module, we showed you how you could connect to a local printer, or at least how you could plug in a local printer and it detected everything. But that's kind of rare these days. If you're a home user, you might have a local printer, one that sits on your desk at home. If you have a small office, something like that, same concept. But it's very rare in a corporate world where we have printers sitting on our desks. It's more common for us to have network-based printers because we can actually then share those with many, many other people so it's not a one-to-one relationship like it used to be back in the old days where we had one PC, we had a printer attached to it, so there was that one-to-one relationship. By having a network-based printer, I can now have a one-printer-to-many-people concept going on. Now, yes, that means we need to make sure that the printers we're connecting onto our network can handle the workload. And that's where by having one printer that can service many, I can spend more money to get a better quality, higher speed, better graphics, etc. , type printer that can handle that workload. So in this particular module, what we want to look at is, How do I connect to the different types? How do I connect using a network printer or AirPrint or what is IPP? Or how can I even connect to a printer that exists on, say, a Windows machine? So I hope you'll stay with me as we start this journey into network printing, and let's get started.

Managing Your Mac Printers
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Managing Your Mac Printers. Well so far we've seen how we can actually connect to different printers, whether that's installing a local printer or connecting to a network-based printer. But now that I've got that done, now what? Well, this is where the fun part comes in because we want to go through the process of understanding when you do a file print, what are some of the options? What are some of the capabilities that I actually have? Can I do double-sided printing? Well that kind of depends on the printer itself, doesn't it? Can I do multiple copies? Well, yes, how many multiple copies do you need? Can I change when I actually print my document so that maybe it prints after hours? And, yes, there are some scheduling features. And that's the cool part about this is let's take a look at what some of those capabilities are. And if you have a multi-function printer, how do I go through the process of actually scanning a document, and where do I save it? So there are some cool things that are going to take place in this particular module as well. And I hope you aren't too tired of me saying "cool" because that's what I think about a lot of these features that are part of the Mac is that they are pretty cool. They allow us to do a lot of things, and they allow us to do a lot of things easily and efficiently. So let's continue on our journey with printing with our Macs, and let's go ahead and get started.

Troubleshooting Your Print Environment
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Troubleshooting Your Print Environment. So no matter how well you plan things out, something goes wrong. Sometimes it's a user problem, meaning that the user didn't understand exactly what they were trying to do. Sometimes it's a print driver problem where the print driver is corrupted or is causing a problem somehow where it's just not formatting the document right. Sometimes it's just a bad printer. Something happened in the printer. Maybe it's a paper jam, or the fusing rollers are bad so it's leaving streaks here or there. Something like that can happen. But by going through the basics and learning what some of the steps are, or at least we hope what some of the steps are for troubleshooting, hopefully that'll make your job a little bit easier. Now I do have some bad news. This module is not like a couple of previous modules where it's all hands-on, there're a couple of slides in this one. I'm sorry. But we are going to have some demos in this too, I promise. So I hope you'll continue on this journey with me when it comes to troubleshooting now our Mac printing environment, and let's get started.

Wrapping Up
Hello, and welcome to Pluralsight. You're watching Wrapping Up. You know it's always one of those good feelings/bad feelings when you come to the very last module in a course or in a series because this means that we're basically done, and you're going, Yes, we're done! We made it through everything. And the other side of you is going, But, but, but, I want more. And I'm usually that last person. I'm the one that wants a little bit more. I want to learn a little more than I do now. Constantly every day I try to learn something different. But in this module, we're going to talk about some of the features, some of the topics that we actually covered as we went through this particular course. And hopefully you can use it as a way to go back and say, You know, I didn't quite understand that troubleshooting piece, so maybe I need to go back and look at that. Or I didn't quite understand how to manage the print queue, so let me go back and look at some of those things. And hopefully this helps prepare you as we are preparing for the Mac Integration exam, which is part of the Apple Certified Associate exam series. So with that, what do you say we get started on our course wrap-up.