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Chapter 6. Printer, Fax, and Font Manage... > Using Print Center/Printer Setup Uti...

Using Print Center/Printer Setup Utility

The once-familiar Chooser is not a part of Mac OS X. Instead, the heart of the Mac OS X GUI environment printing system is the Printer Setup Utility, which also appears as the Print Center. The Print Center/Printer Setup Utility is used for adding and deleting printers, setting the default printer, and interacting with the queues. The Print Center combines the printer tasks it once took both the Chooser and a desktop printer icon to accomplish. Desktop printer icons are still available, however, and provide a sort of limited view into the Printer List of the Printer Setup Utility. The rest of the familiar printing activities are available under the File menu of each application. The Print Center/Printer Setup Utility is located in /Applications/Utilities.

Note that just adding a printer in the Print Center is sufficient to enable both GUI and command-line printing under modern versions of Mac OS X. Under the original releases, this was not true, and information needed to be added to the NetInfo database as well. Now, almost any configuration you could want can be handled through the Printer Setup Utility or an auxiliary configuration interface accessed via a web page. A small number of Print and Page Setup dialog preferences can also be configured via the Print & Fax control pane.


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