How to Print Remotely From a MacBook Air

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How to Print Remotely From a MacBook Air
The MacBook Air is a thin, lightweight laptop designed for portability. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The MacBook Air is designed to get away from all of the cords associated with computing. The device supports a long-lasting battery and only two USB ports. While you could connect your Air to a Printer via USB, where is the fun in that? Connecting remotely to a printer requires either a Wi-Fi printer or a printer that is connected to the network through printer sharing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wi-Fi Enabled Printer
  • Shared Printer

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    Adding a wireless printer

  1. 1

    Connect your Wi-Fi printer to the network by entering your network name and password through the printer's menu. To use printer sharing, connect a printer without Wi-Fi to another Mac. You will need to enable sharing before the printer can be discovered by the MacBook Air.

  2. 2

    Enable sharing of the networked printer on the computer it is connected to by clicking the Apple menu, then "System Preferences" then "Printer & Fax." Click on the printer from the list and select "Share this printer."

  3. 3

    Navigate to the "Printer & Fax" menu on your MacBook Air. Click "Add" to set up a printer. Click "Default" to search for the Wi-Fi or shared printer. Select the printer and click "Add." Now when you print something, you can choose the printer from the drop-down menu of the prompt.

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