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I know the name and the IP address of a network printer, but I can't seem to be able to search by IP address or name.

Ubuntu developers love to move things around to make it difficult for users, so now with Ubuntu 12.04 I can only go on Application -> System Tools -> System Settings -> Printers, click on Network and a list of printers appears. Too bad the one I want to add isn't there.

How do I do it?

Here it suggests System -> Administration -> Printing, which simply doesn't exist.

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Please confirm that which printer you want to add whether it is on network or not? –  user128296 Dec 17 '12 at 10:17
It is in my network, yes. I added all my printers when I had a previous release of Ubuntu and it worked just like it's described in link above. Now I can't do anything with the way they rearranged stuff in the system settings. –  Ricky Robinson Dec 17 '12 at 10:19
try to ping the printers ip.if you are able to ping the printer than you should check your settings. –  user128296 Dec 17 '12 at 10:23
Now run this command sudo system-config-printer and follow the steps I hop this will work for you. –  user128296 Dec 17 '12 at 10:34
In Dash search for Printers, then click add printer. in the uri box enter the ip address of your printer directly. Follow the wizard with the various settings. –  To Do Dec 17 '12 at 10:35
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Type as below

sudo system-config-printer
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You don't really need to be root for this so you can remove "sudo" –  hydrarulz Jan 30 at 9:48
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Proceed as above install system-config-printer go to networked printers in "browse" and browse till you find your target printer then follow the instructions to locate drivers etc.

The acid test is whether or not you can print a test page.

I have been trying to solve the networked printer problem on Windows 7 Pro for days. The Community manuals are worse than useless on this point. Comments like "Why would you want to" (print from a Windows system don't help.

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Now it's stopped again. Probably local in Windows! –  PeterDz Jan 22 at 12:49
Sorry, I don't get why you are talking about windows... –  Ricky Robinson Jan 22 at 13:00
I think you misunderstand me. I am trying to print a document created on an Ubuntu system on a printer attached using a machine running W7. –  PeterDz Jan 22 at 23:21
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First check that the printer is shared in windows 7 and then check and note the shared group name such HOME or WORKGROUP.

If you are in a local area network LAN and using Ubuntu 12.04, go to 'system settings ' -> 'printing' and add your printer using the 'Add Printer' button.

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Why should I need windows? –  Ricky Robinson Jul 16 at 12:09
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