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How to set the printer as the default in Mac OS X

RELATES TO:

  • How to change your default printer
  • Mac OS X: 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) 10.10 (Yosemite)

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The default printer selected on your computer will always be the first printer selected when you open the print settings page. This can be changed to suit your printing requirements. For example, the printer that you use most often can be set as default printer to save you changing the printer selection for each print job. Follow the below instructions for your version of Mac OS X to change the default printer setting.


10.4 (Tiger)
  1. Click the Apple icon, from the top-left of the Desktop.

  2. Click on System Preferences.

  3. In System Preferences, click on Print & Fax.

  4. Click on the Selected Printer in Print Dialog pull-down menu and select your printer.

  5. Close Print & Fax and the changes will be saved.

10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and 10.9 (Mavericks)
  1. Click the Apple icon, from the top-left of the Desktop.

  2. Click on System Preferences.

  3. In System Preferences, click on Print & Fax / Print & Scan / Printers & Scanners.

  4. Click on the Default Printer pull-down menu and select your printer.

  5. Close Print & Fax / Print & Scan / Printers & Scanners. The new setting is saved.

Alternatively, if you are using Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks, you can use the below method:

  1. Open the Print & Fax / Print & Scan / Printers & Scanners window.

  2. Hold the ctrl key on your keyboard, click on the target printer, and then select Set default printer.

    Example using 10.7 (Lion)

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