MAC Printing

Two questions

How exactly do you install a printer on a MAC version 10.8 ?
How do you change the driver for the printer ?

On the MAC I have tried to reinstall the network printer on  Windows domain using the following UNC path:-

smb://server/sharename  which is smb://

Is this correct ?

The IP of the server is and the ip of the printer is actually and the sharename on the actual server has spaces in it such as Black & White. Tried to use that sharename but it didn't allow me to complete the installation unless I removed spaces.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
Most should be plug and play.  If the printer comes with specific install disk for mac, you can start with that. Otherwise, most printer drivers should be plug and play.

To add a printer go to system preferences > Print and scan.   On the left side column at the bottom, click the plus sign to add a printer.  The top row you can select IP or Windows to find your network printer.
Ugo MenaCommented:
In order to print from the Mac, you will need to use a share name with no spaces in it. ie PrinterToShare.

On the Mac, goto System Preferences, Print & Scan, Click the + to add a printer. From the ADD window, right click near the Tollbar and then select Customize Toolbar, Add the Advanced icon by dragging it over to your toolbar.

Within the Advanced Toolbar settings, you will see both share types:
LPD/LPR Host or Printer
and Windows printer via spoolss.

For LPD/LPR: enter "lpd://PCName/PrinterShareName"
Click the Add button.

For Windows via spoolss: enter "smb://PCName/PrinterShareName"

Fill in the Name and Location fields with what you would like.

The software to select is dependent upon the printer that you are connecting to. Be sure to select the same software as the model of the printer.

Should be all set from there.
discoveranotherAuthor Commented:
Thanks ultralites, this question gave most of the answer, the first one didn't answer anything I asked.

You say that the printer sharename has to have no spaces, but the printer was actually installed previously with the same sharename with spaces. However, there was a driver issue and the driver needs updating, I wasn't sure how to do this being unfamiliar with macs, even checking loads of wesbites I couldn't find info on this.

I deleted the printer and ran the latest DMG files downloaded from manufacturer website which started unpacking the software but haven't a clue where this software or drivers are put !
Ugo MenaCommented:
If the Driver isn't autoselected for you based on the printer and it does not direct you to all of your print drivers when you click "Select Printer Software" Then you will need to find it.

It will most likely be located in one of the following locations:



A great tool for finding items like this is Find Any File:

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