Set a Default Printer on a Mac

Article ID: ART153454 | Date published: 06/02/2015 | Date last updated: 08/31/2023


Learn how to set your printer as the default on a Mac computer.


When you set a printer as the default, all print jobs automatically route to that printer. You can change the default at any time. You can also select a different printer for any individual print job.

Set a printer as the default

  1. Confirm that your printer is connected and turned on.

  2. On the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  3. Select Printers & Scanners or Print & Scan, depending on which version of macOS® is installed.

    Printers & Scanners selected from System Preferences

    Printers & Scanners outlined in red

    The displayed screen may vary.
  4. Select the printer to be used as default from the Default Printer drop-down.

    Canon MG3600 series shown selected as the example default

    Default printer area outlined in red

    The displayed screen may vary.

    Note If duplicate copies of the printer exist in the printers list, you can delete them. To delete the previous copies, select the printer from the list and press the [-minus button below the list. If a minus button is not below the printers list, click on the printer you want to delete, then click Remove Printer.... When prompted, click Remove Printer and the duplicate copy will be deleted.

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