Work with Network Printers - Windows 10

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These instructions explain how to connect to a printer, set a default printer, and remove printers that are no longer used on Windows 10 computers.

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(s).

Once you have obtained the printer queue name(s), simply follow the instructions below on your College-owned computer to connect to desired printers, set a default printer that you use most often, or removed unused printers.

Connect to Network Printers

  1. In the search field at lower left of the Task Bar, type \\walnut then press the Enter key to view the full list of printers.
    • TIP: Save time using the exact printer name. Just type in \\walnut\printername (e.g.\\walnut\lib242), then click Install Driver -- and you're done!
    • If you are unsure of the printer name you can use the search field at top right.
  2. Double-click a desired printer to install it.
    • Click the Install driver button if prompted.

Repeat the above steps for each printer you would like to add, then follow directions below to set your default printer -- the one you will use most often.

Installing the MiddColor and MiddBW Print Queues

Installation of the new MiddBW and MiddColor queues allow you to release your print job at a variety of printers.  Here's how:

  • For Vermont - use \\walnut\MiddColor or \\walnut\MiddBW to connect as described above.
  • For Monterey - use \\seaotter\MiddColor or \\seaotter\MiddBW to connect as described above.


Set Your Default Printer

If you have added more than one printer you should specify the one you’ll use most often, otherwise Windows 10 will set the default printer to the one used most recently at your current location. Follow these steps to specify a default printer:

  1. Click then click   (Settings).    
  2. Click Devices.
  3. Scroll down then click the toggle under Let Windows Manage my default printer to turn this feature off.
  4. Click the desired printer’s name under Printers & scanners, then click the Manage button.
  5. Click the Set as Default button, then close the Settings window.


Remove a Network Printer

You can easily remove printers you no longer use. Here's how:

  1. Click Windows Start icon then click Gear cog icon (Settings).
  2. Click Devices.
  3. In the Printers and scanners section, click on the printer you wish to remove, then click the Remove device button.
  4. Click the Yes button to confirm the printer's removal.

Repeat the above steps for each printer you would like to remove.


Commonly-Used Print Servers

  • Walnut -- Queues for departmental printers
  • Papercut -- Queues for public printers
  • Seaotter -- Queues for MIIS printers



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


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