You can print from the Virtual Student Desktop/Staff Desktop in the same way you print from a University of Otago student computer. Print jobs are sent to a global print queue.

You can print from the Student Desktop in the University computer labs or when running the Student Desktop on your own computer. If you are using the Student Desktop or Staff Desktop on your own computer, you can also print to any printers your computer can normally print to.

Printing a PDF directly from Adobe Acrobat Reader can sometimes be unreliable and will not always show up at the printer. See the related answer Troubleshooting printing in Adobe Acrobat for a solution to this issue.

Windows Student Desktop

Click Print as normal, and choose the appropriate printer from the drop-down list of printers:

Dunedin, Invercargill, Auckland

  • Black and White Printer
  • Colour Printer

Screenshot of print options for Student Desktop in Dunedin, Invercargill, Auckland


  • UOW Black and White Printer
  • UOW Colour Printer


  • UOC Black and White Printer
  • UOC Colour Printer

To print to the Uniprint Printshop (Dunedin-only)

  • Printshop B&W
  • Printshop Colour

Save a file to PDF via the print menu

Word, Excel, and some other applications allow you to Save As directly to PDF, but you can also save a PDF from any program on the Student Desktop by using the print menu.

To save to PDF:

  1. Click Print.
  2. Choose CutePDF Writer as your printer.
  3. After pressing Ok or Print, you will be asked whereabouts you want to save the file.

Mac Student Desktop

  1. Click Print as normal, and choose one of the following from the list of printers:
    • Black_and_White_Printer
    • Colour_Printer
  2. Click Print.
  3. Wait for the uniFLOW window to load — this will take a few moments.
  4. Click OK to submit job.

Do not change the options on this screen as they will not be picked up by the printer

You can pick up your printing from any printer on the Dunedin campus by swiping your student or staff ID card or entering your username and password to release the print job. However it is not possible to send print jobs directly to a particular printer.

For further assistance, contact AskStudent IT in person at the AskOtago Central Hub, Dunedin campus, or:

Tel +64 3 479 5170
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Last updated 30/03/2022 04.41 PM

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