Jump to content

Mac OS: Installing and Using the Printer in Mac OS X 10.6

  • PrintPrint

Introduction

Mac OS X 10.6 includes the latest HP printer drivers, scan software, fax drivers (where applicable), and utility. You do not need to reinstall or download any HP software for full print, scan, fax, and utility functionality. The supported products are listed at the end of this document.
Hewlett Packard provides Mac OS X Snow Leopard compatible software from a few different sources. HP All-in-One software is included in the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard retail DVD, and also available via Apple Software Updates, and with new Mac computers shipping with Snow Leopard.
  1. Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard Retail DVD, and via Apple Software Updates - The latest HP printer drivers, scan ICA software (using Apple’s Image Capture), fax drivers (where applicable) and utility are included in Mac OS X 10.6. You do not need to reinstall or download any HP software for full print, scan, fax, and utility functionality. The supported products are listed at the end of this document.
  2. Download from HP - HP also provides a full Snow Leopard solution via download from www.hp.com/support and on the CD that ships with many products. Please look carefully at the CD label to see if it includes Mac OS X 10.6.
Important: Please do not reinstall software from original HP Photosmart, Officejet, Deskjet CDs, or HP web downloads from previous Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4, or 10.5. Older software is not compatible with Snow Leopard. The latest Snow Leopard compatible software is included in Mac OS X 10.6, and you will experience the best performance and functionality if you use the latest HP software.
There are some important updates with the HP software included in Mac OS X 10.6:
    Full print functionality is supported with new HP print drivers included in Snow Leopard.
    HP Utility is included in Snow Leopard.

Install the printer driver

To install the printer driver available in Mac OS X 10.6, simply connect the USB cable to the printer and to the computer. The print queue will automatically be created. If you do not see your printer in the Printer pop-up menu after connecting it, use the following steps to manually add the printer.
  1. From the Dock, click System Preferences , and then click Print & Fax .
  2. Click the Plus icon ( ) in the lower left corner of the window to add the product to the available printers.
    NOTE:To access a locked window, click the lock icon on the bottom of the window to identify the user.
  3. Select your printer, and then click Add to create a new print queue.
NOTE:If you are upgrading your Mac OS using the Snow Leopard DVD, the install process should automatically recreate your previous HP printer queues using the latest HP drivers included in Snow Leopard.
The following sections contain useful information on how to use the printer and the printer software.
Use one of the following methods to print, depending on how the printer is connected to the computer.
  1. Make sure your printer is turned on and connected.
  2. Open a document to print, and then choose File > Print .
    NOTE:You can also go directly to System Preferences > Print & Fax .
  3. From the Printer pop-up menu, choose your printer.
    If you do not see your printer listed, choose Add Printer , and then click More Printers .
  4. In the Name column, select your printer, and then click Add .
You can connect to HP printers on your local network (wireless and Ethernet) using Bonjour or IP, as well as shared printers connected to an Apple Airport base station.
NOTE:Apple does not support AppleTalk in Mac OS X 10.6.
  1. Choose File > Print .
  2. From the Printer pop-up menu, choose your printer.
    A dialog appears, listing any Bonjour printers on your local network. It may take a minute or two for your printer to appear.
    NOTE:Your printer may also be listed in the Nearby Printers submenu.
  3. If your printer does not appear, choose Add Printer from the Printer pop-up menu. Printers that are turned on and connected to the local network (wireless and Ethernet) should appear as Bonjour devices.
  4. Select your device from the list, and then click Add to create the HP printer queue for your HP Photosmart, Officejet, or Deskjet All-in-One printer.
Your computer can usually detect whether a printer has special accessories installed, such as additional paper trays or a duplex unit. If it cannot, a dialog appears that lets you specify them. To enable full functionality, make sure the settings in that dialog accurately reflect the installed options.
The latest HP Utility is included in Mac OS X 10.6.
  1. Make sure your printer is turned on and connected.
  2. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences .
  3. Click Print & Fax .
  4. In the list of printers on the left side of the dialog, select the HP All-in-One to view the options in the Print & Fax window.
  5. Click Options and Supplies .
  6. Click the Utility tab at the top of the window, and then click Open Printer Utility .
    The HP Utility opens. Features and options may vary depending on your printer model.
The HP Utility can also be launched from the printer icon in the dock to open the Printer Browser window.
  1. Double-click the printer icon. The Printer Browser window opens.
  2. Click Printer Setup in the toolbar.
  3. Click the Utility tab.
  4. Click Open Printer Utility .
    The HP Utility opens. Features and options may vary depending on your printer model.

HP Support forums

Find solutions and collaborate with others on the HP Support Forum
HP.comHP on FacebookHP on TwitterHP on YouTubeHP on Linked InHP on FlickrHP on Google+