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Connecting to Print@UCL with macOS

This guide explains how to connect your macOS device to the Print@UCL queue and how to print from a Print@UCL device.

Please note: Every time your password changes or expires you will need to update your keychain.

If you are running OS versions Monterey 12.2.1 or Big Sur 11.6.3 and the instructions below do not work please try this alternate solution.

ISD are unable to offer support for Mac OS beyond the current release and the 2 releases before that.  Although the information provided may work on older versions of OS X, should you run into problems the advice is to update and try again.

This guide is aimed at...

  • Staff
  • Students
  • IT Administrators
  • SLMS staff
  • Researchers

Before you start...

  • You will need a Mac connected to the UCL network via ethernet, eduroam or UCL VPN
  • Your UCL user ID and password
  • Your UCL ID card and access to a Print @ UCL device (to collect your print job)
  • Remove any old queues associated with print.ad.ucl.ac.uk


  1. Download the macOS print driver (link to Xerox website)

  2. Once downloaded, double-click to open the install file and double-click again to begin the installation

  3. Click Allow when asked to determine if the software can be installed

  4. Continue with the installation process (agreeing to the terms of the license agreement) and finally click Install (you be prompted for you password)

  5. At the Select a Printer window (Fig.1), exit the installer by clicking the red X in the top left corner

    Install Xerox Printer dialog box
    Fig.1 – Select a Print window
  6. Go to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners

  7. At the Printers & Scanners window, click the + button to add a printer

  8. At the Add Printer window, select the Advanced tab (shown as two cogs) and wait a few seconds to load

    If you cannot see the Advanced tab, hold down the CTRL key, click an icon and select Customize Toolbar. Drag the Advanced icon on to the tool bar.

  9. Enter the details as below:

    Type: Windows printer via spools (this may be displayed as Windows on older o/s)
    URL: smb://print.ucl.ac.uk/print-ucl
    Name: print-UCL
    Use: Click the dropdown menu and select Select Software... Search for and select Xerox Altalink C8055 then click OK

  10. Click Add

  11. While the window is loading/setting up, click Configure

  12. Select the following options when configuring the printer:

    Paper trays: 5 Trays
    Hole Punch Module: Not installed
    Tri-Fold Module: Not installed
    LAN Fax Module: Not installed
    Lan Fax Email Confirmation: Not installed
    Job storage: Installed
    Finisher: Office Finisher LX with Booklet Maker

  13. Click OK to add the print queue

  14. The first time you print a document you will be prompted for a Name and Password. Enter your UCL credentials as below:

    Name: your UCL userID (e.g. ucaazzz)
    Password: your UCL password
    Add tick to remember this password in your keychain

Recommended print settings

  1. Open the Print window in any application e.g. Safari, Word, Acrobat
  2. Click Show Details in the Print window (Fig.2)

    Mac Print@UCL settings – Print Window: Show Details
    Fig.2 – Print window
  3. Click the dropdown menu (Fig.3) where it says Safari (this will be different depending on which application you are printing from) and select Printer Features

    Mac Print@UCL settings – Printer Features
    Fig.3 – Dropdown menu on Print window
  4. Ensure Xerox Black and White is set to On (Fig.4)

    Mac Print@UCL settings – Xerox Black and White: On
    Fig.4 – Xerox Black and White set to On
  5. Under Feature Sets select Advanced
  6. When in the Advanced menu change XRBanner Sheet to Off (Fig.5)

    Mac Print@UCL settings – XRBannerSheet: Off
    Fig.5 – XRBannerSheet set to Off
  7. Click on the Presets dropdown (Fig.6) and select Save Current Settings as Preset

    Mac Print@UCL settings – Save Current Settings as Preset
    Fig.6 – Presets dropdown
  8. Name the preset "Mono Duplex" and select Only this printer
  9. Click OK

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