How To Print From The iPad
Once you have a compatible HP printer or AirPrint enabled on your Mac via a method above (or another method) you are ready to print from your iPad. Printing from the iPad is very easy.
First you have to make sure you are on the same wireless network as the printer. You also have to be in an app that supports AirPrint (Mail, Safari, and iWork apps are a few). Within the app you want to click the arrow that would normally let you email a link , or open a link in Safari (for example). One of the options in the list is now “Print."
When you choose print you will be prompted to select the printer you want to print to. Choose your printer and say OK. Within seconds the printer will start working without a problem. On occasion I have had to do this twice before the printer show up.
Once you send a print job a little printer icon shows up in the dock. This is very similar to the print utility that opens up when you print on your Mac and a printer shows up in your dock.
Assuming your printer is on, has ink, and has paper your document should print without a problem. If you are printing through a shared printer on your computer you MUST MAKE SURE THE COMPUTER IS ON. If you leave your computer on all of the time this will not be an issue. If you turn your computer off, you have to remember to turn it on if you plan on doing any printing.
If printing is not working open the Print & Fax System Preference. Make sure the "Share this printer on the network" button is checked.
Overall, using AirPrint on the iPad isn't difficult. It is a shame that Apple has temporarily disabled some features. Luckily there are solutions out that let anyone print from their iPad.