Printer Control Icon in System Tray

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Printer Control Icon in System Tray

Postby bananabob on Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:56 pm

Under my old Ubuntu system there used to be a printer icon in the system tray. From there I could control the jobs on the printer queue. Is there an equivalant in Mint 12 with Cinnamon, and if so, how do I install it.
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Re: Printer Control Icon in System Tray

Postby mikecrosoft on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:29 pm

Hello James. I can't tell you if there is a way to achieve what you're looking for; but you can create a launcher with the following command:
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system-config-printer


That will display the priter configuration utility and to manage queue you just need to select the printer and hit Ctrl+f. You can try this while you find something better. Regards!.
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Re: Printer Control Icon in System Tray

Postby bananabob on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:33 pm

Thanks Mike
I have managed to find a way using a CUPS web page http://localhost:631/printers/ so that will do for now.

Can you explain what a "launcher" is and where it would go when I created it please?

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Re: Printer Control Icon in System Tray

Postby mikecrosoft on Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:55 pm

Hello again James. That command also works as a CUPS server configuration program. A launcher is an easy way to execute a command or a series of commands with a simple double click over it; you can create them in the desktop, menu, panels, etc. If you're using Gnome 2.x version, you can easilly place a launcher in the top panel for an easy access, just right click over the desired panel and click create launcher (in command field copy/paste the previously provided command, then you can customize the launcher icon as you like; we'll just need to check if the command is appropriate for your linux version, try it and if it's not working we can easilly check for a similar one). If you are on Gnome shell, for a fast access, you can create an entry in the menu with a program named alacarte (look for it with software center or synaptics); launch alacarte aka Main Menu and create and new item in the category that you want, and the process is the same as before: in command field copy/paste provided command and customize icon and name as you like; after that you can place the launcher in your favorite apps in the gnome dash and that will let you launch the application in a flash. Hope this help!.

P.S. I'm attaching some screenshots to clarify the steps for Gnome shell, the one I'm working on:
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Re: Printer Control Icon in System Tray

Postby bananabob on Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:32 am

Mike
Thanks for the quick reply and the wonderful explanation
I think I have it now.
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Re: Printer Control Icon in System Tray

Postby mikecrosoft on Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:44 pm

Hello James. Great to hear that and hope everything is going really good now. Regards!.
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Re: Printer Control Icon in System Tray

Postby Herbivore on Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:28 am

Also have no printer control icon in task bar in Cinnamon, LM12, Main Edition. The suggestion to browse to http://localhost:631/printers/ is appreciated. It is simple and works well. I only discovered this when I had to cancel a 14-page print job and could find no way to do it from any menu. :x I'm probably missing something obvious as usual, but I never had this problem since Mint 8. Anywho, I'm sure if this is a bug, it will be fixed as Cinnamon is worth any effort! :)
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