How to Print in Color on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Printing in color on a Mac is a straightforward process that can be done using the default settings of your printer. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to print in color on your Mac, ensuring that your documents come out vibrant and eye-catching.

Step 1: Open the Document

To begin, open the document you want to print in color. This can be any file type, such as a Word document, PDF, or image file.

Step 2: Access the Print Dialog

Next, go to the top menu and click on “File”. A dropdown menu will appear; select “Print” from this menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Command + P” to access the print dialog.

Step 3: Select Printer Settings

In the print dialog box, locate the “Printer” section. Here, you will see a dropdown menu displaying available printers. Choose your desired printer from this list.

Note: Make sure your printer supports color printing. Some printers may only have black and white capabilities.

Step 4: Set Color Options

After selecting your printer, look for an option called “Color” or “Color Options”. This setting allows you to specify whether you want to print in color or black and white.

Note: The location and wording of this option may vary depending on your printer model and software version.

If using a macOS built-in print dialog:

  • Select “Quality & Media”.
  • In the “Color” section, choose “Color” (or similar wording) if it’s not already selected.

If using a printer-specific print dialog:

  • Look for a “Color” or “Color Mode” option.
  • Choose “Color” from the available options.

Step 5: Adjust Print Settings

Before proceeding, take a moment to review and adjust any other print settings as needed. This might include selecting the paper size, orientation, or print quality.

Step 6: Print in Color

Once you are satisfied with the settings, click on the “Print” button to start printing your document in color. The printer will process the job and produce a vibrant, full-color printout of your document.

Note: Depending on the complexity of your document and the capabilities of your printer, it may take some time for the printing process to complete.


Congratulations! You have successfully printed your document in color on your Mac. By following these easy steps, you can quickly and effortlessly create visually appealing prints that stand out.

In this tutorial, we covered how to open the document, access the print dialog, select printer settings, set color options, adjust print settings, and finally print in color. Now you can enjoy vibrant and colorful prints on your Mac!

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