Setting a Default Printer in MacOS

Last modified 2/14/2022

If you have more than one printer installed in MacOS, you can set one as your default printer.

To set the default printer in MacOS, do the following:

  1. Click the Apple Icon at the top left of your desktop screen and select System Preferences…
  2. Do one of the following:
    2a. In MacOS 10.7 and 10.8, click Print & Scan
    2b. In MacOS 10.9 and 10.10, click Printers & Scanners (Figure 1).

    Figure 1:
    Printers and Scanners
  3. Click the drop-down menu labeled Default Printer, and select the desired printer.
  4. Close the window.

The printer you selected is now set as the default printer.

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