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The NINJa Printing System

The NINJa printing system was developed at Columbia to maintain print queues, prevent unecessary printouts, keep track of print quotas, and make sure you receive your job without having to sort through many pieces of paper. Any documents that are left unprinted within a certain amount of time will expire and be deleted. For a complete listing of these times for each of the printers around campus please refer to the list of printers. If you sending your document from computer not run by CUIT, refer to these set up directions. The following steps show you how to use the system to print out your documents in our labs.

Printing Your Document
  1. Sending Your Document to NINJa
    From your Windows or Mac application, select "Print..." just as you would when printing to a normal printer. From the print dialog, you will be able to select various print options such as orientation, single-sided and double-sided. When you print to one of CUIT's printers an entry for your document shows up on the NINJa terminal located directly above the printer where you sent your document.
  2. Selecting your document
    Go to the printer where you sent your job and select your job on the terminal screen by moving the selection bar over your print job and press ENTER. To move the selection bar to the next or previous line press the arrow keys. To move the selection bar up or down a page, use the PageUp or PageDown keys.
  3. Print Your Document
    Once you have selected your document NINJa prompts you for your account ID and password by displaying a screen that looks like this:

    authentication dialog

    In most cases NINJa automatically inserts your account id (Uni:). If your account id is already there, just enter your password and then press ENTER. If you entered your password correctly your document will print.

    If you have not updated your password since January 2000, you must change your password to use the NINJa system. (You can choose the existing password and make it the new one.)
For Further Assistance

If you receive an error message at any point, please contact a consultant. If there is no consultant available, call the CUIT Help Desk at 854-1919 or send email to