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Change the default print settings on a Mac

You must be logged in with an account that has administrator rights on your Mac to change these settings. If you are prompted for a username/password, use the ones for your administrator account on your Mac, not your MIT Kerberos Principle.

This can be done through the cups interface.

  1. In a browser, go to the webpage 
    Note: If you get an error message such as "cannot connect" or "web interface is disabled", start the Terminal app (in Applications > Utilities) and enter the command: cupsctl WebInterface=Yes

  2. Select your printer (link is in blue).

  3. Under Administration, select Set default options.

  4. Modify the options that you wish to change.  In this generic example I have used the generic driver instead of HP, Dell or other so few options are available.

  5. Click on "Set Default Options" at the bottom of the list of options.

  6. Enter your administration username and password into the dialog box that appears and then click the blue Okay button in the bottom right corner of the box.

  7. Go back to terminal and run the command: cupsctl WebInterface=No if you wish for that webpage to be disabled, e.g. public machine.


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July 16, 2020

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