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Chapter 10. Printing

10.1. Adding a Single Printer
10.1.1. Adding a USB printer
10.1.2. Adding a network printer
10.2. Connecting to a print server
10.2.1. Connecting to a print server in Gnome
10.2.2. Connecting to a print server in KDE
10.2.3. Connecting to a print server from the CUPS configuration files
10.3. Send a Print Job
Despite the increasing availability of electronic services, there are are still times when it is necessary or desirable to print documents. Fortunately, Fedora makes printing easy. This chapter covers connecting to a single printer and connecting to an existing print server. Like many other aspects of Fedora, printing can be configured by a graphical program or with command-line tools. In this chapter, the focus is primarily on the graphical program, with some discussion of the basic command-line tools.

10.1. Adding a Single Printer

Most users need to connect to a single printer, often connected to the computer by a USB cable, although some printer models have built-in network cards for wired or wireless connection to your local network.

10.1.1. Adding a USB printer

10.1.1.1. Adding a USB printer in Gnome

For a USB printer, Fedora makes the setup as easy as possible: simply plug the USB cable into the computer. You'll be prompted to install print drivers if they aren't already installed, and Fedora will detect which ones you need in most cases.
Click Install to begin installing the drivers. You may also need additional packages apart from the print drivers. If you are asked to confirm installation of these packages, click Continue to install them. You will then be asked to authenticate. Type in the password for the root account and click Authenticate. When this process completes, the printer is installed and ready for use.

10.1.1.2. Adding a USB printer in KDE

The KDE printing applet automates the installation of many models of printer. Simply plug the printer in and in a few seconds it will be added to the system. The printer information will be set automatically. If you'd like to change the settings, go to KMenuApplicationsSettingsSystem Settings and then click on Printer Configuration. USB printers will appear under the Local Printers section.

10.1.2. Adding a network printer

In some cases, the printer might not be in reach of a USB cable, or it might be shared by several different computers. One way to solve this is to print over the network. Some printer models come with built-in or optional network cards for either wired or wireless connection. This allows the printer to be anywhere with a network connection, even if it's in a different room.

10.1.2.1. Adding a network printer in Gnome

Even if the printer is on your local network, connecting is still easy. To start, open the printing configuration. In GNOME, this is under SystemAdministrationPrinting. Click the Add button, and enter the root password. The system will scan for printers. If yours is detected, it will be listed on the left-hand side. If not, you'll need to know the protocol and address to use to connect. Consult your printer's owner's manual for this information.
Once the printer is selected, click Forward. You may be asked to choose a driver. The drivers for many popular printers are already available. Select the make for your printer and click Forward. You'll then have the option to select the model, and if there are multiple drivers, to select the driver as well. In most cases, you'll want the driver marked "(recommended)". Click Forward. If your printer model is not found, you'll need to click Back and provide your own driver. The printer manufacturer's website will often have the driver (also called a "PPD file") you need.
In the last window, you'll be asked for some information to describe the printer. For the Printer Name, you should select a short, easy-to-remember name such as "laserjet". The Description and Location fields are optional. You can use those to provide information about the features of the printer and it's location. Once you've entered the information, click Apply You'll then be prompted for the root password. Enter it in the text box and click Authenticate. As the final step, you have the option to print a test page. Click No or Yes as you prefer.

10.1.2.2. Adding a network printer in KDE

In KDE, you first have to launch the Sytem Settings program. Press Alt+F2, type kdesu kcmshell4 system-config-printer-kde and press Enter. Type in your root password in the dialog box that appears and click OK. Select New Printer and click New Network Printer. New Printer and click New Network Printer. Select the appropriate connection for your printer, and enter the required information for that connection type. Click Forward to proceed.
In the last window, you'll be asked for some information to describe the printer. For the Printer Name, you should select a short, easy-to-remember name such as "laserjet". The Description and Location fields are optional. You can use those to provide information about the features of the printer and it's location. Once you've entered the information, click OK. The printer is now added to the system.