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Printer Configuration
indexterm:[CUPS,Printer Configuration]indexterm:[printers,Printer Configuration] The [application]*Printers* configuration tool serves for printer configuring, maintenance of printer configuration files, print spool directories and print filters, and printer classes management.
The tool is based on the Common Unix Printing System (*CUPS*). If you upgraded the system from a previous {MAJOROS} version that used CUPS, the upgrade process preserved the configured printers.
Using the CUPS web application or command-line tools
indexterm:[Printer Configuration,CUPS] You can perform the same and additional operations on printers directly from the CUPS web application or command line. To access the application, in a web browser, go to link:++http://localhost:631/++[http://localhost:631/]. For CUPS manuals refer to the links on the `Home` tab of the web site.
Starting the Printers Configuration Tool
With the [application]*Printers* configuration tool you can perform various operations on existing printers and set up new printers. You can also use CUPS directly (go to link:++http://localhost:631/++[http://localhost:631/] to access the CUPS web application).
To start the [application]*Printers* configuration tool if using the GNOME desktop, press the kbd:[Super] key to enter the Activities Overview, type [command]#Printers#, and then press kbd:[Enter]. The [application]*Printers* configuration tool appears. The kbd:[Super] key appears in a variety of guises, depending on the keyboard and other hardware, but often as either the Windows or Command key, and typically to the left of the kbd:[Spacebar].
The `Printers` window depicted in xref:File_and_Print_Servers.adoc#fig-printconf-main[Printers Configuration window] appears.
Printers Configuration window
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Starting Printer Setup
indexterm:[Printer Configuration,New Printer] Printer setup process varies depending on the printer queue type.
If you are setting up a local printer connected with USB, the printer is discovered and added automatically. You will be prompted to confirm the packages to be installed and provide an administrator or the `root` user password. Local printers connected with other port types and network printers need to be set up manually.
Follow this procedure to start a manual printer setup:
Start the Printers configuration tool (refer to xref:File_and_Print_Servers.adoc#sec-Starting_Printer_Config[Starting the Printers Configuration Tool]).
Select `Unlock` to enable changes to be made. In the `Authentication Required` box, type an administrator or the `root` user password and confirm.
Select the plus sign to open the `Add a New Printer` dialog. Select the printer from the list or enter its address below.
Adding a Local Printer
indexterm:[Printer Configuration,Local Printers] Follow this procedure to add a local printer connected with other than a serial port: