How to Use Old Printer Drivers with Lion

OS X 10.7 (Lion) doesn’t include drivers for some older printers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them with Lion — even if you can’t find an installer!

Assuming you already have the printer driver you need installed on another Mac, just copy it from Library/Printers/PPDs to a removable device like a Flash drive. Connect that to your Lion Mac, then launch System Preferences and choose Print & Scan.

Now add the printer as you normally would. When Lion can’t find the right driver, choose Other from the Print Using pop-up menu and select the driver that’s on your removable drive. If you already set up your printer with the wrong driver, select the printer from the Printers list, click Options & Supplies, then choose the Driver tab to see the Print Using pop-up menu.

Now you can select the right driver as if you were setting up the printer for the first time.