Connect To Network Printers - Windows

To use a networked departmental printer you need to obtain its exact network print queue name. Look for a sticker on the printer showing this information. (Co-workers and department coordinators may also be able to provide you with the needed name.)

Once you have obtained the printer queue name(s), simply follow the steps below on your College-owned computer to connect to desired printers then set your default.

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 typically be created on Walnut.
  • Spruce -- Queues for Language Schools printers
  • Papercut -- Queues for public printers
  • Bombay -- Obsolete printing server.

Connect to Network Printers using Windows 7

TIP: If you know the exact printer name you can type in \\walnut\printername (e.g.\\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 (or \\spruce for language schools printers), then click OK.
  3. Right-click the desired printer then select Connect from the pop-up menu.
    • 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 in the right-hand portion of the menu.
  2. In the Printers and Faxes section, right-click the desired printer then select Set as default printer from the pop-up menu.

Remove a Network Printer using Windows 7


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.