How to Remove a Printer From a Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Removing a printer from your Mac may seem like a daunting task, but fear not! With a few simple steps, you can easily remove any unwanted printers from your Mac. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of removing a printer from your Mac.

Step 1: Open System Preferences
Firstly, you need to open the “System Preferences” on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Select Printers & Scanners
In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Printers & Scanners” icon. This will open a new window where you can manage your printers.

Step 3: Choose the Printer to Remove
In the Printers & Scanners window, you will see a list of all the printers currently connected to your Mac. Scroll through the list and identify the printer that you want to remove. Click once on its name to select it.

Step 4: Remove the Printer
With the desired printer selected, look for a minus (-) button below the list of printers. Click on this button to remove the selected printer from your Mac.

A confirmation dialog box will appear asking if you are sure you want to remove this printer. Click on “Delete Printer” or “OK” to proceed.

Note: If you don’t see a minus (-) button or if it’s grayed out, it means that you don’t have permission to remove this printer. In such cases, you may need administrative privileges or contact your system administrator for assistance.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed a printer from your Mac!

Additional Tips

  • If you ever need to add a printer back to your Mac, simply click on the plus (+) button below the list of printers in the Printers & Scanners window. This will open the printer setup wizard, where you can follow the on-screen instructions to add a new printer.
  • If you are unable to remove a printer or facing any issues, try restarting your Mac and then repeat the steps mentioned above.


Removing a printer from your Mac is a simple and straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily remove any unwanted printers from your Mac. Remember to always double-check before removing a printer to ensure that it is no longer required.

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