How to Change Printer Settings on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who is struggling to change the printer settings? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of changing printer settings on your Mac. So let’s get started!

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Choose the “Printers & Scanners” Option

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Printers & Scanners” icon. This will open a new window displaying all the printers connected to your Mac.

Step 3: Select Your Printer

In the Printers & Scanners window, find and select your printer from the list on the left-hand side. Once selected, various options related to your printer will appear on the right-hand side of the window.

Printer Status and Default Printer

The top section of this window displays information about your printer’s status and allows you to set it as your default printer if desired.

Print Using:

This section shows the driver or software that is being used to communicate with your printer. If necessary, you can change this setting by clicking on the dropdown menu and selecting a different driver.

Options & Supplies

If you need to access advanced settings for your printer, click on the “Options & Supplies” button located near the bottom-right corner of this window. This will open a new window with additional configuration options specific to your printer model.

Step 4: Modify Printer Settings

Once you have selected your printer, you can now modify its settings. The available options may vary depending on your printer model and the software installed.

Basic Settings

Under the “Basic” tab, you can adjust settings such as paper size, orientation (portrait or landscape), and the number of copies to print.

Quality & Media

The “Quality & Media” tab allows you to control the print quality, paper type, and other media-related settings. Here, you can choose between draft, normal, or high-quality printing.

Advanced Settings

If you require more precise control over your print output, head to the “Advanced” tab. Here, you can adjust settings like color management, resolution, and duplex printing.

Step 5: Save Changes

After modifying the desired printer settings, make sure to click on the “OK” or “Apply” button to save your changes. Your new settings will now be applied whenever you print from your Mac.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the printer settings on your Mac. Now you can tailor your printing preferences according to your needs and produce high-quality prints with ease!


If you encounter any issues while changing printer settings or if your changes are not being applied correctly, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Check Printer Connection: Ensure that your printer is properly connected to your Mac and powered on.
  • Update Printer Software: Visit the manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver software for your printer model.
  • Restart Printer and Mac: Sometimes a simple restart can resolve temporary issues. Try restarting both your printer and Mac.
  • Contact Support: If the problem persists, reach out to the printer manufacturer’s support team for further assistance.

We hope this tutorial has helped you change printer settings on your Mac. Now you can make the most out of your printing experience and achieve optimal results!

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