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What are the icons next to the printer name in the print sheet?

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Richard Williams Jr Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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Mar 21, 2012 10:16 PM

Ever since I upgraded to OS X Lion, I have noticed something different in the print dialogue.  First the technical info: I am using a 2009 Mac Mini (4 GB RAM, OS 10.7.3) and I have a couple of printers that I use - one is a Brother laser printer (shared from an iMac, running 10.6.8) and a Canon Pixma Pro 9000, connected via USB to a Time Capsule.


When I hit Command-P to bring up the print sheet, I now get icons on the left hand side of some of the printer names in the printer list.  One looks like a road sign - diamond shaped with a walking person in it, and the other is a circle with a wavy line (tilde?) in it.  The other printer names have no icons next to them.  I gather that the circle-and-tilde means "printer not available" (or something similar) - even though the printer is there!!! And then I wonder why the other printer names have no icons, and I have no clue what the "walking person" sign means.


I'm adding a couple of images so you all can see what I'm talking about:








What do these icons mean?  I can find NO reference to them - even in Apple's knowledge base article - this just looks like the screen shots from the 10.6 Snow Leopard page.  I looked in the OS X Lion Missing Manual, but it has the same screen shots with no explanation of the icons.


This is pretty minor, but it's been bugging me for a while.   Any explanation or reference to these icons would be appreciated!




Message was edited by: Richard Williams Jr (had to correct the link!)

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.53GHz 2009 w/4GB RAM


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