How to set or change the default printer on Mac OS X.

Learning how to set or change the default printer on your Mac OS X computer is very helpful in making sure that you’re printing to the right place and saving a few clicks every time you go to print.

As shown in the video above, there are a couple of different options for the setting the default printer on Mac OS X.

First of all, access your printer settings by clicking on the “Apple Menu” and then “System Preferences”. From the window that pops up, go ahead and click on the “Printers & Scanners” section. The window that appears is where we can specify the default printer settings on our Mac OS X computer.

See Also: Mac OS X – Change / Set Default Application for File Type [Video]

If the printer that you’d like to print to isn’t currently available on your computer, you can add it to the list by clicking the “+” symbol at the bottom left of the “Printers” list. The computer should walk you through the steps of adding a new printer.

You can specify a particular printer to always be the default printer or you can choose “Last Printer Used” which makes it so the default printer will also be the last printer that you printed from. This option is helpful if you’re changing locations on a regular basis and want the first printer you print at from a particular location to be set as default for the rest of the day.

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Anson Alexander

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