How do I add a Business Center or Lab Printer to a Mac?

To add a business center or lab printer to a Mac, follow the instructions below.

  • Click the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen
  • Select “System Preferences”



  • In the System Preferences menu, click “Print & Scan” under the Hard section



  • On the left hand side, you will see your list of printers. Click the “+” button at the bottom of that list. This list will be empty if you have not added a printer to your Mac.



  • You should now see an “Add Printer” window. Click “IP” in the menu.



  • The box labeled “Protocol” should be left as “Line Printer Daemon – LPD”¬†
  • In the “Address” box type in the name of the printer you wish to print to. After you have correctly typed in the name of the printer, you will see a message below the box that says “Valid and complete address.”
  • Note:¬†Please call IT Helpdesk at 336-841-4357 or email at for the name and IP address of the printer you wish to print to
  • Leave the “Query” box empty
  • In the “Name” box, you may rename the printer, if desired
  • In the “Location” box, you may type in a location for this printer, if desired
  • Do not change the field for the “Print Using” box. Your Mac will choose the correct setting automatically is most cases.



  • Click “Add” in the bottom right hand corner. You will see a progress bar for a few seconds while the printer is added to your Mac. If a box comes up with setting you can select from, just click the “OK” button. Once the printer has been added, it will show up on your list of printers.



  • To set a default printer, click the “Default Printer” box on the Print & Scan window. Your list of printers will appear. Select the desired printer from the list and your Mac will set it as the default printer.
  • Print out a document to test your computer’s connection to the printer