How to Add a Printer on a Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Adding a Printer on a Mac

Are you struggling to add a printer to your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this step-by-step tutorial, we will guide you through the process of adding a printer on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Connect Your Printer

Before you can add a printer to your Mac, make sure it is properly connected. Whether you’re using a USB cable or connecting wirelessly, ensure that the printer is powered on and ready to go.

Step 2: Open System Preferences

To begin the process of adding your printer, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Select Printers & Scanners

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on “Printers & Scanners.” This will open the Printers & Scanners preferences panel.

Step 4: Add a Printer

In the Printers & Scanners preferences panel, click on the “+” button located beneath the list of printers on the left-hand side. This will initiate the process of adding a new printer.


  • If your printer is connected via USB: The new printer should automatically appear in the list. Simply select it and proceed to Step 5.
  • If your printer is connected wirelessly: Choose “Add Other Printer or Scanner” and proceed to Step 5.

Step 5: Select Your Printer

A new window will pop up, displaying a list of available printers. Select your desired printer from this list. If you don’t see your printer, ensure it is properly connected and powered on, and then click the “Refresh” button.

Step 6: Install Printer Software (if necessary)

In some cases, you may need to install additional software to use your printer’s full functionality. If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to install the necessary software. This step is essential for certain printer models and may enhance your printing experience.

Step 7: Confirm and Finish

Once you have selected your printer and installed any required software, click the “Add” button to finalize the setup process. Your printer is now successfully added to your Mac!


If you encounter any issues during the setup process:

  • Check for updates: Make sure your Mac’s operating system is up-to-date.
  • Visit the manufacturer’s website: Look for support or driver downloads specific to your printer model.
  • Contact customer support: Reach out to the manufacturer’s customer support team for further assistance.

Congratulations! You have now successfully added a printer to your Mac. Enjoy hassle-free printing right from your Mac computer!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful. Feel free to refer back to this guide anytime you need to add a printer on your Mac. Happy printing!

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