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How do I copy printer settings from one Mac to another

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Problem - a little office with 12 staff using apple mac os 10.3 and 10.4 computers, and 5 printers.

The printers all need different settings, and there can be many menus to navigate through to set up a printer properly - eg Xerox phaser, a3 plain paper, landscape, best colour, so and so raster pattern.

I want to spend an hour or two setting up one computer, and then copy the print settings to the others.

Is there any way of doing this?
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This tip tells you how to find where settings are stored ... whenever you make a change like adding a printer.
http://www.westwind.com/reference/OS-X/finding-settings.html

I've a funny feeling that copying printer settings is not going to be an easy matter of copying a set of plist files but you might want to try.

Option 1 .. Look in Users:USERNAME:Library:Printers
There should be a file for each printer setup. Try copying them to the other Macs

Option 2 .. if that doesn't work there may be preferences affected
In the Users:USERNAME:Library: Preferences folder .. look for com.apple.print.... preferences (there should be 3 or 4 files)

Backup the settings on another computer before putting the files into that users preferences folder.
Restart to see does it work

The main problem is that different USERS and their USERNAMES will probably render all the path encoded in the preferences files invalid .. i.e. If one use is James then his Printers will be in
Users:James:Library:Printers
However when you copy the printers to Toms computer then the path will be
Users:Tom:Library:Printers
This path is different and settings may have trouble recognising the change.

Let us know how you get on.
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