Connect To Network Printers - Windows

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Most commonly used Print Servers:

  • Walnut -- Has replaced Bombay. Queues for printers having different Windows 7 compliant drivers and queues that support 64-bit windows will generally be created on Walnut.
  • Bombay -- Obsolete printing server.

Printer queues names typically start with a three-letter building abbreviation followed by a room number to indicate the printer's location.

Connect to Network Printers using Windows 7

[If you know the printer name you can type in \\walnut\printername (i.e.\\walnut\lib242) in step 2 and skip steps 4 and 5]

  1. Press the Windows key + "R" to open the Run dialog box.
  2. In the Open field type \\walnut
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click once to select the desired printer. (Note: Walnut has all the printers. However, in the highly unlikely case of a printer not being on Walnut, please first contact the library helpdesk at helpdesk@middlebury.edu or x2200 and inform us about this so that we fix it. After that, try checking if the printer is on Bombay by going to "\\bombay" instead of "\\walnut")
  5. Right-click the highlighted printer then select Connect from the pop-up menu.
  6. Click the Install driver button for each printer you are adding if prompted.

Set Your Default Printer using Windows 7

If you have added more than one printer you should verify (and reset if necessary) the correct printer as the default printer you use most often.

  1. Click Windows Orb.png then select Devices and Printers.
  2. In the Printers and Faxes section right-click on the desired printer then select Set as default printer from the pop-up menu.

Connect To Network Printers Using Windows XP

  1. Click Start button.PNG.
  2. Select Run.
  3. In the Open field type \\server-name\queue-name where server-name is the name of the print server (walnut, in most cases) & queue-name is unique for the printer (typically in the form of three-letter building abbreviation followed by room number; ex. \\walnut\LIB213 (note this is a printer that doesn't exist - it is only an example)).
  4. Click OK button.PNG.  The driver for the printer will be added to your computer and the printer will be added to your Printer and Faxes list of available printers.

The above steps will not work properly if the computer is a) not bound to the middlebury.edu domain (only should apply to college-owned computers) or b) is not logged in with a network account with printing privileges.

Uninstall Printers Using Windows XP

  1. Click Start button.PNG
  2. Select Control Panel (via Settings, if applicable)
  3. Open Printers and Faxes
  4. Right-click on the printer and select Delete from the pop-up menu.
  5. Click Yes2 button.PNG to confirm the deletion
  6. Close the Printers and Faxes window