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How To Print From A Windows PC To A Mac

Here's how to print from a Windows PC to a Mac.

The next screen will ask what type of printer you want to install. Select the second option: Add a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer.


Windows will start scanning your network for available printers. Here you see it found the HP printer I just installed on the Mac.


Many PC users see this immediate message that the system couldn't find the right device driver. No worries. You can work around it.


Just click OK on the No Driver Found warning message so you can manually locate it.


The Add Printer Wizard comes up and lets you browse manufacturer and model numbers to find your printer. Find it and click OK. If your printer isn't on the list, click Have Disk and manually install the driver from the disc that came with the printer.


Because the printer was in my Wizard, the driver installs no problem.


Once the correct drivers are installed, Windows 7 PC successfully adds the printer.


On the next screen, check the box to set it as the default printer. And click the Print a Text Page button.


Did your test page print? Check it out. If if it doesn't, scroll down below to find some good printer troubleshooting tips. If it prints, go ahead and close out of the test page screen. Hit Finish.


Now, if you go back to the Printers and Devices Center, you'll see that you've successfully added the printer and set it as the default.


Troubleshooting printers is an art for some and a challenge for many. The most common error I've seen is Windows isn't always able to find printer drivers -- especially with older models. To troubleshoot, find the install disc for the old printer or go to its maker's website and download the correct one.


Few things are more annoying than not being able to print when you need to. Keep an eye on BYTE's how to section for more tips and tricks on this in the future.

Brian Burgess is the executive editor at BYTE. Follow him @mysticgeek. Got a comment or idea? Send it to him at Brian@BYTE.com.

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