How to Add a Canon Printer to a Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Adding a Canon Printer to a Mac

Are you a Mac user who recently got a Canon printer and are unsure how to set it up? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you step-by-step on how to add a Canon printer to your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the Required Information

Before setting up your Canon printer, make sure you have the following information ready:

  • Printer Model: Locate the model number of your Canon printer. It is usually mentioned on the front or top of the printer.
  • Printer Connection: Determine the type of connection you will be using – USB or wireless. If it’s a wireless connection, ensure that your printer and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Install Printer Drivers

To ensure your Mac recognizes and communicates with the Canon printer correctly, you need to install the necessary drivers. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Canon Website: Open a web browser and go to the official Canon website.
  2. Select ‘Support’: Navigate to the Support section of the website.
  3. Select Your Printer Model: Look for an option to select your specific printer model. Choose it from the list provided.
  4. Select Your Operating System: Choose ‘Mac’ as your operating system from the available options.
  5. Select ‘Drivers & Downloads’: Find and click on ‘Drivers & Downloads’ or similar option on the webpage.
  6. Download and Install Drivers: Locate the appropriate driver for your printer model and Mac version. Click on the download link and follow the on-screen instructions to install the drivers.

Step 3: Add Printer to Mac

Now that you have installed the necessary drivers, it’s time to add your Canon printer to your Mac. Follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select ‘System Preferences’ from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select ‘Printers & Scanners’: In System Preferences, locate and click on ‘Printers & Scanners’ or ‘Print & Fax’.
  3. Add Printer: On the left-hand side of the Printers & Scanners window, click on the ‘+’ button to add a new printer.
  4. Select Your Printer: Your Mac will automatically search for available printers. If your Canon printer is connected properly and turned on, it should appear in the list. Select it.
  5. Complete Setup: Follow any additional prompts or instructions that appear on your screen to complete the setup process.

Step 4: Test Your Printer

Congratulations! You have successfully added your Canon printer to your Mac. Now, it’s time to test if everything is working correctly.

  1. Select a Document: Open a document or file you want to print.
  2. Select Print Option: Go to File > Print or use the keyboard shortcut Command + P to open the print dialog box.
  3. Choose Your Printer: In the print dialog box, make sure your Canon printer is selected as the default printer.
  4. Print: Click on the ‘Print’ button to start printing the document.


Setting up a Canon printer on your Mac is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily connect your Canon printer and start printing effortlessly.

Remember to always keep your printer drivers up-to-date for optimal performance. Happy printing!

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