Printing

Using Hood College Printers

Printing to Hood College printers is available to all students who are enrolled for the current semester. Students can print from the computer labs or by using their own personal computer.

Printing from labs

  • To print from a computer lab, log onto a computer in the lab with your Hood ID and Password. The nearest printer will automatically be installed for your login session.

Printing from your personal computer

  • Printing from a personal computer is currently supported for Windows and Mac computers only. iOS, Android and Linux printing is not currently supported. Please see the detailed instructions below for your specific computer.

If you are having a problem printing, please contact the HelpDesk either by email (helpdesk@hood.edu) or by phone at 301-696-3622.  

Quick steps to print from your Macintosh:

Note: These instructions were written for Mac OS X 10.6 + and assume that you have an active connection to the internet.  In order to print from a Macintosh, you must install the PaperCut Client tool as described here and have it running. This app requires Java.  You must be logged on to your Mac with Administrator privileges. The instructions below reflect OS X ver. 10.7.x (Lion) and greater. Previous versions of OS X will state "Print & Fax" in place of "Print & Scan".
  1. Log into Hood's wireless network using your student username and password
  2. Click the Apple icon in the upper left and choose System Preferences.
  3. Click on the Print & Scan icon.
  4. Click the plus sign (+) found at the bottom of the Printers dialogue box located on the left side of the Print & Scan window.
  5. The Add Printer window will appear.  Choose the Default icon in the menu bar.  A listing of available printers will appear.
  6. Choose a printer from this list (dbl-click).  Depending upon your OS version, the printer driver may automatically be selected.  If it is not, choose Select Printer Software and enter either the model of the printer or Generic PCL 6/PCL XL Printer.  The model of the printer can be obtained here.  Optional: enter the location of the printer.
  7. Click Add. The printer will be added to your Printers list.
  8. Note: After clicking Add, a window of Installable Options for the printer may be displayed. Check these as appropriate for the printer, especially if it will print Duplex (only Library and Apple offer this feature), then click Continue.
  9. Open the application/document you wish to print. When you actually print, the PaperCut Client tool will ask you to login with your Hood ID, Password and the amount of time you will be printing.  This feature will allow you to print for a period of time without re-logging into PaperCut.

Quick steps to print from Windows 7:

  1. Connect to the Hood College wireless network (secure@hood) or the wired network (available only in student dorms and employee offices)
  2. Click the Start button icon, then click Run, then type \\neptune\ then press Enter
  3. If prompted, enter your Hood email address and password then press Enter or click OK
  4. A window will open with all the computer lab printers. The printers are named by their location.
  5. Double click on the printer you want to add to your computer. The printers are named based on their location. You can select more than one printer.
  6. Once the printer software installs, you should now have a Hood College printer available for printing

To track how much print quota you have remaining, you can install the PaperCut app. Follow the instructions at this link: https://www.hood.edu/offices-services/information-technology/printing/papercut-client-tool

Quick steps to print from Windows 10:

  1. Connect to the Hood College wireless network (secure@hood) or the wired network (available only in student dorms and employee offices)
  2. Click the Start button icon then type \\neptune\ then press Enter
  3. If prompted, enter your Hood email address and password then press Enter or click OK
  4. A window will open with all the computer lab printers. The printers are named by their location.
  5. Double click on the printer you want to add to your computer. The printers are named based on their location. You can select more than one printer.
  6. Once the printer software installs, you should now have a Hood College printer available for printing

To track how much print quota you have remaining, you can install the PaperCut app. Follow the instructions at this link: https://www.hood.edu/offices-services/information-technology/printing/papercut-client-tool