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As a Green Leaf 3 office, we at ITS try to print as few pages as possible. Still, we realize that sometimes you just need a paper copy of the document that you’re working on. If you find that you need to print something — but haven’t installed a printer on your computer — you can always give us a call, at (617)-495-0722, or follow these instructions to add a network printer to your PC or Mac desktop or laptop!

How to add a network printer to your PC desktop or laptop:

***Please scroll down for Mac instructions***

  1. Make sure your computer is on and connected to the network via an Ethernet cable. Note:  You cannot add printers via WiFi
  2. Go to the start menu.
  3. Click on “Devices and Printers” located on the right side of the menu.
    Windows "Start Menu" image.
  4. Click on “Add a printer” located on the upper left hand side of the window.
    Windows Control Panel, showing devices and printers.
  5. Select the second option in the window, “Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer.”
    "Add Printer" window choosing the type of printer to add.
  6. Click on “The printer that I want isn’t listed.”
    Window showing "the type of printer I want isn't listed."
  7. In the next window, select “Find a printer in the directory, based on location or feature.”
    Window showing "find a printer by name or IP address."
  8. Search for the printer in the entire law school directory by either Name, Location, Model, etc.
    Window showing Active Directory list of all printers at law school.
  9. Once you have found the printer you want to connect to, double click on it and a window will pop-up with the message of “Connecting to XXX on XXX.law.harvard.edu”
    Image showing "Connecting to Printer."
  10. Installing the printer to your PC may take a few minutes.
    Window showing successful connection to the printer.
  11. Once it has installed (drivers included), print out a document to the network printer you have just connected to, to make sure you have successfully connected to that printer.

How to add a network printer to your Mac:

  1. Make sure your computer is on and connected to the network via an Ethernet cable. Note:  You cannot add printers via WiFi
  2. Click on the Apple menu icon and select “system preferences.”
  3. In the system preferences window, select “printers and scanners.”
  4. Click the “+” icon to add a printer.
  5. Right-click in the area near the icons and select “customize toolbar.”
  6. Drag the “advanced” icon up next to the other icons
    Image showing the "Advanced" gear icon in System Preferences.
  7. Click on the “advanced icon” and change the “type” to “windows printer via spoolss.”
  8. In the URL dialog box, type the path to the printer in this format \\printserver\printer. Also, add a name and location if applicable. e.g. \\HLSPRNT2\G4-FAC-1
  9. In the “use” drop-down, choose “select software” then browse for your printer driver. Note: If it’s an HP driver you need, they are supplied by apple software update. Other print drivers will need to be downloaded manually. You can also choose to use the generic PCL or PS driver in the list.
  10. Click “add” to add the printer.
    Image showing the address field and name of the network printer to add.
  11. When you print for the first time, you will be asked to authenticate the print job. Use your Active Directory (AD) credentials for this, then the print job should go through.