How to Print Wirelessly From a MacBook

Many modern inkjet and laser printers connect to Wi-Fi networks, allowing convenient wireless printing for mobile devices such as Apple’s MacBook. The MacBook’s AirPrint technology identifies AirPrint-compatible printers, easing printer setup and use on wireless networks.

Connect to Wi-Fi Network

To print wirelessly from a MacBook, ensure that the computer is on a Wi-Fi network to which you have access, and which has one or more AirPrint printers.

Add a Printer

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Start the System Preferences app by clicking its icon in the Dock.

System preferences
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Click the Printers & Scanners icon in the System Preferences screen.

Printers & Scanners screen
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Click the + symbol to add a printer. Click to select a printer from the list of available AirPrint-compatible printers on your network.

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Close the Printers & Scanners screen.

Print Wirelessly

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Start the Notes app by clicking its icon in the Dock. Select a note by clicking on it.

Select note
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Print a note
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Click the File menu and select Print to see a dialog box of print options.

Print dialog 1
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Click the Details button to set options such as portrait and landscape printing, print quality and paper size.

Print dialog 2
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Set options such as print orientation, print quality and paper size. Click the Print button to print the note.

AirPrint Alternatives

Some printers don’t support AirPrint, but you may still be able to use them. For example, programs such as handyPrint and Printopia let you add non-AirPrint printers to your MacBook; the programs send AirPrint the data it needs for wireless printing. You can also connect the printer to the MacBook with a Universal Serial Bus cable; although USB is less convenient than a wireless connection, it may help in a pinch.