Adding a new printer on a Mac computer

Last modified on 04/03/2020

How to setup a new printer on your Mac computer using an IP address.

1. Click on the Apple symbol at top of menu

2. Select System Preferences

3. Select Printers & Scanners

4. Click on the "+" at the bottom of the window to add a new printer

5. In the Protocol pulldown menu, select Line Printer Daemon - LPD 

6. Click on IP and add the IP address number posted on the front of each printer (for example:

7. Name: The IP address will automatically fill in. Please leave this in place, but you can put whatever you want in front of it. Example: Library (

8. The bottom "Use:" pulldown menu should list the printer model. If you see "Generic PostScript Printer" instead:

  • First verify the printer is turned on.
  • If the printer is on, switch the protocol to HP Jetdirect - Socket, delete the last set of numbers eg 123) from the IP address and then add them back. This will force a re-scan and hopefully recognize the printer.

8. Click Add

All done!


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