Frequently Asked Questions - Printing

How do I print from my windows laptop?

To print documents from your laptop you will need to connect to network printer.

Please note that the instructions provided only work when on campus.

  1. Launch File Explorer. If running Windows 8, from the Metro tiles screen, type "File Explorer" and click on the resulting application. If you are running Window 8.1, File Explorer should be on the Start Menu. If you have a "My Computer" or "My PC" icon on the desktop, you can double click on the icon to launch File Explorer.
  2. In the address bar, type in \\ as shown. step1
  3. step2 When you are asked to enter your network credentials, you will need to login with your CSE credentials. Your user name must be provided as "CS.UNL.EDU\login_id" without the quotes and where login_id is your CSE login ID.
  4. Once successfully authenticated, you will be presented with a list of printers. Printers are generally named by the building and room they are in.
  5. NOTE: Users are restricted to which printers they have access to. Please visit to identify the printers you have access to. Double click on the printer to install the necessary drivers and configure the printer on your device.

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Linux SMB Printing

The example provided depicts the GUI interfaces provided by the Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS distribution. Note: Printing only works when you connected to a University of Nebraska network.

Prior to setting up printing, you need to install some prerequisite programs.  This can be done with the command "sudo apt install python3-smbc smbclient" there will likely be a number of dependencies that also need to be installed when you issue this command.

  1. Open System Settings by clicking on the icons in the upper right corner and select "Settings".
    settings icon location
  2. Select Printers on the left and then click "Additional Printer Settings..."
    additional printer settings location
  3. Click on Add:
    add printer icon
  4. Select "Windows Printer via SAMBA"  Enter csnt/ and the name of the printer that you want to add such as "Avery-ps15" and select "Set authentication details now" and enter\username (where username is your CSE user name), enter your CSE credentials password in the Password: field and click Forward:
    credentials entry example
  5. Select Generic and click Forward on the next window:
    selecting generic on driver choice menu
  6. Select PostScript in the Drivers column of the next window and select Generic PostScript Printer Foomatic/Postscript [en] (Recommended) column and then click Forward:
    selecting postscript foomatic menu item
  7. Enter a short name for the printer, such as "ps15", and a "Human-readable" name for the printer such as "Avery-ps15" and then click Apply. The short name can be used later for command-line printing and the "Human-readable" name will show up in print applications that use the system's GUI.
    entering a name for a new printer
  8. You can click Cancel on the popup window or click Print Test Page. The test page will be deducted from your print quota if you choose to print it.
    test page menu page
  9. If everything worked as expected you should see the printer.
    system printer menu showing new printer

Linux Mint uses very much the same procedure except instead of being called "System Settings" the system configuration application is called "Control Center". Other Linux distributions are similar.

If you want to take advantage of more advanced printer features, such as duplexing or stapling, you can use a printer-specific driver for the printer models as seen at the bottom of Printing from Mac via SMB 10.8+ section of this FAQ

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Printing from Mac via SMB 10.8+

Note: Printing only works when you are on a Nebraska network.

  1. Open System Preferences. Either click on the Apple Menu on the main menu bar at the top of the screen and then select System Preferences, or bring up spotlight by holding down ⌘-space and then typing System Preferences
  2. Then click Printers & Scanners (or Printers & Fax). Note: Your System Preferences may look different.
  3. step 3
    Click on the "+" button on the lower left to start the process of adding a new printer
  4. step 4
    In the "Add" dialog, right click the bar at the top. and click, Customize Toolbar.
  5. step 5
    If you are running 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10, setup an advanced printer as shown. The printer Type is "Windows printer via spoolss". In the URL, use the short name and type in smb:// Replace PRINTER with one of the printer names shown below. For example, if you wanted to print to the pinter in Avery 15, you'd use Avery-ps15. To see a list of printers you have access to, go to: Finally, for Name, give it something memorable. It's only an identifier. Finally for the Print Using option, select generic postscript.
  6. Click add. Your printer should now be added. Print a test page to make sure everything works.
  7. step 6
    When you print to this printer for the first time, you will be prompted for your login and password. Prefix your cse loginID with the windows domain "" as shown below. Check the "Remember this password in my keychain" checkbox as shown.

When you change your CSE password


When you change your Windows password, you will need to launch the keychain utility and delete the stored old password for this printer. The keychain record, will be found in the "Login" keychain, in the "Passwords" category and will be named the same as the printer name, simply select this record and delete this entry. The next time you print you will be prompted for the new password which must be entered as described above.

List of Samba Printers, Printer Model and Drivers to Use

Printer NamePrinter ModelDriver Link
Avery-ps12 HP LaserJet 4100n Generic Postscript
Avery-ps12c HP Color LaserJet 5550dn Generic Postscript
Avery-ps15 Canon iR ADV 4245 Canon iR ADV 4245 Drivers or Generic Postscript
Avery-ps104 HP LaserJet P4015X Generic Postscript
Avery-ps104c HP Color LaserJet 4650 Generic Postscript
Avery-ps122 HP LaserJet 4200n Generic Postscript
Avery-ps123 HP LaserJet 4050 Generic Postscript
Avery-ps256 Canon iR3225 Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Avery-ps256c Xerox ColorQube 8580DN Xerox ColorQube 8580DN Drivers
Avery-ps258 Canon iR3225 Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Avery-ps354 Canon iR ADV 4045 Canon iR ADV 4245 Drivers or Generic Postscript
Avery-ps354c HP Color LaserJet 5500dn Generic Postscript
Schorr-ps117b Canon iR3245i Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Schorr-ps209 Canon iR3225 Canon iR3225 Drivers for 10.6 Generic Postscript for 10.7 & 10.8
Schorr-ps209c Xerox ColorQube 8580DN Xerox ColorQube 8580DN Drivers

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How many pages am I allowed to print each semester?

Printer quotas are assigned by the number of School of Computing classes (CSCE/SOFT/RAIK) you are enrolled for each semester. For each class you enroll in, you get $12.00 worth of printing or 200 pages of B&W printing at $0.06 per page.

In addition if you are enrolled for Thesis or Dissertation hours, you will receive an additional $20.00 added to their printer quota each semester.

Purchasing Additional Print Quota
  • Students can purchase additional pages in 100 page increments for $6.00
  • Pages can be purchased at Room 27 Avery Hall
  • Purchased quota does not expire at the end of the semester

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How to I check my printer quota and balances?

Your remaining printer quota along with the printers you have access to, is displayed on the main page of the School of Computing (SoC) Account Management Utility (AMU) page at

Additional printer quota can be purchased from the system administration offices in Avery 27C. The current cost is $6.00 per 100 pages. The cost is charged to your NCard charge account, so you will need to present your NCard at time of purchase.

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Duplex Printing and Stapling on Canon IR Printers

Instructions to duplex and staple on Canon IR printers
  • Go into system preferences, click on Printers and Scanners and then select the desired printer on the popup dialog
  • Confirm that a Canon IR driver is  installed for the printer (See 1 on image below)
    screenshot 1
  • If the Canon IR driver is installed, click on the Options and supplies (see 2 on image above)
  • Then click on the options tab(see 3 on imag eblow) on the pop up dialog
    screenshot 2
  • Make sure the “Finisher S1” is selected under output options (see 4 on image above)
  • Then when you go to print, you’ll need to select “Finishing” from the advanced options pull down( see 5 on image below)
    screenshot 3
  • Finally select 2-sided printing (see 6 on image above) and check the Staple checkbox below that to staple the job.

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