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I'm running Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 11.10.

When I go to Gnome Control Center and click on printers, the Add New Printer button is grayed out (disabled).

When I logged into Unity, I added the network printer with no problem, and the printer remained when I logged back into Gnome Classic (Gnome Shell). However, I am not able to add any further printers; the + and - buttons are grayed out.

How do I fix this permanently?


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I used both the unity gui and the CUPS (http://localhost:631 in browser window) and I find that the CUPS method is WAY less painful and in MY case seemed to have better driver support. – Gus Feb 19 '13 at 23:14

I have the exact same issue here. One workaround is use cups to add printer, that works for me. http://localhost:631.

Just found another way, execute "system-config-printer" in terminal, it will open the printer config in Unity, and you can add/remove printers in gnome. By default in gnome it opens a different printer application which you can't add printer.

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thanks, completely forget about this interface. – Sandro Wyss Feb 25 '13 at 13:10

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