Four printing tips to make your life easier

Bethany Reid
Friday 25 October 2019

Tip #1

Use Adobe DC Reader to print your PDFs.

Often when you open a PDF from the internet, it will appear in your Edge or Chrome browser. If you try and print from this window, it will always be in black and white. To print PDFs in colour:

  1. Download the PDF to your Desktop (or home drive if you want to access it later)
  2. Right-click and select Open with…
  3. Select Adobe DC Reader
  4. Print from the printer icon, right-click menu or File menu.

If you’re staff, you’ll also have the option to print and edit your PDF in Nitro Pro.

Tip #2

When you’re in Adobe DC Reader, you need to tick two boxes to print in colour.

The first is on the main print pop-up.

For the second box:

  1. Select Print so the pop-up window appears.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Go to the Colour tab.

Tip #3

Install University printers on your Mac with a simple command.

  1. Select the Apple menu on the top left.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Click Printers & Scanners then click the + button on the left side window.
  4. Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard, click anywhere on the top of the window (where the icons are located) and select Customise toolbar.
  5. Click and drag the advanced icon to the toolbar.
  6. Click the new advanced icon on the toolbar.
  7. Set Type to Windows printer via spools.
  8. Copy and paste into the URL field: smb://
  9. Set Use to Generic PostScript Printer and click Add.
  10. In your document and open the Print menu (cmd + p).
  11. Select as your printer.
  12. Click Print. A window asking for a Name and Password will pop up.
  13. Enter your St Andrews username in the Name field (excluding the bit) and enter your password.
  14. Tick the remember box to save everything for your next print
  15. Select Enter then collect your document from any Uniprint printer.

Tip #4

Always remember your staff or student ID card when you go to the printer

Since it’s a pull-print system, you can tap your ID card and release your document. This is much faster than manually typing in your username on the touchscreen.

Happy printing!

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