The default printing settings are black and white, double-sided, no staple. You can change these by using the Properties or Preferences button in the print window.
(These directions are for letter, legal, and tabloid sized prints. For over-sized/poster prints, see our plotter page.)
You can now print from a mobile device like a phone or iPad where you cannot install a traditional printer driver. Printing documents you have on these devices is as simple as emailing them as an attachment to one of the addresses listed below. Before you email a document, you'll need to register for the service.
Go to the Pharos Web Release page.
Enter your Hokie Passport number in the field labeled User ID (no dashes, just numbers). Leave the Password field blank. Click the Log on button.
Click your ID Number to show a menu where you can enter your email address.
Click the + icon to submit the address. You can enter more than one address, but each will need to be confirmed. Each email address entered will receive a confirmation email. Use the confirmation link in that email to finish the registration process.
The Pharos Web Release page will also how you your current account balance and any items in your print queue.
Attach your document and email to
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It can take a few seconds to a few minutes for your emailed documents to arrive at the print queue server (you can see your print queue at the Pharos Web Release site or when you swipe your Hokie Passport at any of our printers). On this site, you can change the black and white/color option, duplexing option, multiple pages per sheet option, and number of copies, or you can delete any item in your queue. You can also directly upload a file for printing.
We now have a poster plotter to which you can print presentations, maps, blueprints, and more oversized print jobs. Prints cost 3¢/square inch (see right column for sample prices). You can print on 24" or 36" wide paper up to 72" in length.
The plotter uses the same Pharos system as our other printers; simply select the Newman Plotter from the list of printers on any of our public computers. Swipe your Hokie Passport at the Newman Plotter Release Station on the second floor, select the correct print job from the list, then wait for your printout to complete.
Because there are no refunds for misprinted jobs, we strongly recommend printing only PDF documents (convert any other format to PDF). The Acrobat print window will display exactly how your output will fit on the selected page size and PDFs more accurately show how colors will appear on the paper.