Configuring and Managing Printing in Oracle® Solaris 11.2

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Updated: July 2014

How to Modify the Properties of a Configured Printer

The following procedure describes how to modify the basic configuration of an existing printer. For a complete description of all of the properties that you can modify by using the CUPS Print Manager GUI, see Configurable Printer Properties.

  1. Start the CUPS Print Manager GUI by choosing System → Administration → Print Manager from the desktop's main menubar or by typing the following command in a terminal window:
    $ system-config-printer

    The Printer configuration dialog is displayed listing all of the configured printers and any newly detected printers.

  2. Right-click the name of the printer for which you want to modify the properties, then choose Properties.

    The Printer Properties dialog appears. The Properties dialog contains five separate sections, each of which contains properties that are grouped by category. By default, the Settings section of the dialog is displayed.

    In the Settings section, you can modify the following settings:

    • Description

    • Location

    • Device URI

    • Make and Model

  3. To modify the printer description or location, type the new information in the corresponding text field.
  4. To modify the device URI:
    1. Click the Change button next to the setting.
    2. From the list of available devices, select a device, then click Apply.

      For a description of the available devices, see Selecting a Print Device.

    3. When prompted, type the root password.

      You are returned to the Settings section.

  5. To modify the printer make and model:
    1. Click the Change button next to the setting.
    2. In the Choose Driver window, select a printer make, then click Forward.

      Note - By default, CUPS uses the Select Printer From Database option and selects the appropriate printer-make for you. Alternatively, you can provide your own PPD file. For instructions, see Step 5 of How to Set Up a New Local Printer.
    3. From the left pane of the next Choose Driver window, select a printer model. From the right pane, select a printer driver, then click Forward.
    4. In the Existing Settings dialog, choose from the following options, then click Apply.
      • Use the new PPD as is.

      • Try to copy the option settings over from the old PPD.

    5. If prompted, type the root password.

      You are returned to the Settings section of the Printer Properties dialog.

  6. Click OK.