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How to Change or Set the Default Printer in macOS

In macOS, there’s a default printer. It’s the one selected when the Print dialog opens. However, it’s easy to change the default printer — or change a printer’s name.

To change your default printer

° Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.

° Click Printers & Scanners.

Printers & Scanners

° Click the “Default printer” pop-up menu, then choose an option.

Last Printer Used
Last Printer Used

If you want the same printer to always be your default printer, choose that printer. Conveniently, the default printer you designate doesn’t change even after you print to a different printer.

Conversely, you can have the default printer be the one you printed to last. If so, choose Last Printer Used. Your Mac “remembers” the printer you previously used at your current network location. For example, the printer you used last might change depending on whether you’re at home or at work.

To quickly select a default printer

° Control-click a printer in the Printers list of the Printers & Scanners pane

° Choose “Set default printer” from the shortcut menu.

Set default printer
Set default printer

To enter a new name, location for your printer

° Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.

° Click Printers & Scanners.

° Select the printer in the list at the left.

° Click Options & Supplies, then click General.

Options & Supplies > General
Options & Supplies > General

° Type the new name and location in the Name and Location fields.

Name: Enter a name for the printer.

° Location: Enter the printer’s location (“home office,” for example.)

This information appears in Printers & Scanners preferences.

To quickly rename a printer

° Control-click a printer in the Printers list of the Printers & Scanners pane.

Rename Printer
Rename Printer

° Choose “Rename printer” from the shortcut menu, enter a name and location, then click OK.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Contributing Author
Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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