How to Print Wirelessly From a MacBook
A how-to guide on wireless printing from the MacBook. The MacBook’s OS X software supports AirPrint, a feature that supports sophisticated printing options.
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.
When the MacBook joins a Wi-Fi network, it detects those printers that support AirPrint, and automatically connects to those you’ve used before. You can add new printers via the System Preferences app.
Add a Printer
Start the System Preferences app by clicking its icon in the Dock.
Click the Printers & Scanners icon in the System Preferences screen.
Click the + symbol to add a printer. Click to select a printer from the list of available AirPrint-compatible printers on your network.
Close the Printers & Scanners screen.
Start the Notes app by clicking its icon in the Dock. Select a note by clicking on it.
The procedure is largely the same for most apps that can produce printed output; Notes is used here as an example.
Click the File menu and select Print to see a dialog box of print options.
Click the Details button to set options such as portrait and landscape printing, print quality and paper size.
Set options such as print orientation, print quality and paper size. Click the Print button to print the note.
- Click the Printer drop-down to choose from a list of AirPrint printers on your network.
- Click the PDF button to see options for creating a PDF document instead of a printed page.
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.