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Change the default print settings on a Mac

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. Save or "set default options" is at the bottom of the list of options.
  6. 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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January 10, 2017

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