How to Print Wirelessly From a MacBook

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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.

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Add a Printer

Step 1

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

Step 2

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Click the Printers & Scanners icon in the System Preferences 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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Step 4

Close the Printers & Scanners screen.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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