Printing From Your Windows Computer

  1. Click here to download the Public Printers installer for Windows. Note:  If you have a previous version of Public Printers or PaperCut installed, you must first uninstall it before proceeding.
  2. You may see a warning saying “PublicPrinters.exe is not commonly downloaded and may be dangerous. Tell your computer to keep the file.
    Screenshot of a warning that PublicPrinters.exe may be dangerous
  3. When you launch PublicPrinters.exe, an introduction screen saying “Ready to Install” will appear.  Click ‘Install’ to proceed.
    Screenshot of the "Ready to Install" dialogue box
  4. The installer will show you a progress bar showing extracted files and installation progress. This may take some time.
    Screenshot of PaperCut installation progress bar
  5. When all files have been extracted and installed, the dialogue box will say “Setup has finished installing Allegheny College Public Printers on your computer.”Click “Finish”.
    Screenshot of the "Finish" dialogue box
  6. When the PaperCut Client is run for the first time, it will prompt you to login.  Enter your credentials and click ‘OK’.
    Screenshot of initial PaperCut login screen
  7. The PaperCut Client is configured to automatically start when your computer boots.  Its icon can be found in the notification area near the clock in Windows 10.
    Notification area screenshot with PaperCut logo
  8. Opening the PaperCut Client will display your current Print Point allocation and will allow personal computers to connect to the Allegheny Public Printers.
    Screenshot of PrintPoints notification
  9. When you print a document, select the printer called “Public_Printers” (or “Public Printers”) to send your document to the Public Printers queue.
  10. The first time you submit a print job to the Public Printers queue, the PaperCut client will  request your login credentials.  Enter your Allegheny username and password then click ‘OK’ to send the document to the print queue. You can choose how long you want PaperCut to remember your credentials (anywhere from 5 minutes through “Until I logout”).
    Screenshot of Login dialogue box
  11. After your print job has been successfully sent, you will get a notification saying “Your document has been held in a queue.” If this notification does not arrive, your print job has not been sent to the print server.
    Screenshot of notification that document has been put into a printer queue
  12. Additionally, you can login at print.allegheny.edu and click on “Jobs Pending Release” on the right side of the page. If your print job appears in the list, then it is being held on the server waiting for you to release it to a public printer.
  13. You can now go to any of the Public Printers on campus and swipe your ID card to log in.  From there you can choose print jobs to release to that printer to begin printing.
  14. Print jobs will only be held in the queue for 24 hours before being automatically deleted.