How to Find Printers on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to find printers on your device? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of finding printers on your Mac. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To find printers on your Mac, start by opening System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting System Preferences from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Click on Printers & Scanners

In the System Preferences window, you will see various options to choose from. Look for the Printers & Scanners icon and click on it. This will open the Printers & Scanners preferences panel.

Step 3: Add a Printer

In the Printers & Scanners preferences panel, you will see a list of printers that are already connected to your Mac. To add a new printer, click on the + button below the printer list.

Step 4: Select a Printer

A new window will appear with a list of available printers. This list will show both local printers connected directly to your Mac and network printers available on your local network. Scroll through the list and select the printer you want to add.


  • If you are adding a local USB printer, make sure it is connected to your Mac before proceeding.
  • If you are adding a network printer, ensure that it is turned on and connected to the same network as your Mac.

Step 5: Install Printer Software (if required)

After selecting a printer, click on the Add button. If your Mac requires additional software to support the selected printer, it will prompt you to install the necessary software. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Step 6: Configure Printer Settings (optional)

Once you have added a printer, you can customize its settings by selecting it from the printers list in the Printers & Scanners preferences panel. From here, you can set default printing options, adjust print quality, and manage other advanced settings specific to your printer.


If you are unsure about any printer settings, refer to the printer’s user manual or manufacturer’s documentation for more information.

Step 7: Test Your Printer

To ensure that your printer is set up correctly and functioning properly, it is recommended to perform a test print. Open any document or file you want to print, go to File > Print, select your printer from the print dialog, and click on the Print button.

If your printer successfully prints the document, congratulations! You have successfully found and set up a printer on your Mac.

That’s it! You now know how to find printers on your Mac.

Whether you need to add a local USB printer or connect to a network printer, these steps should guide you through the process seamlessly. Happy printing!

Note: The steps mentioned in this tutorial are applicable for macOS Mojave (10.14) and later versions. The process may vary slightly for older versions of macOS.

If you encounter any issues while finding printers on your Mac or have any further questions, feel free to reach out for assistance.

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