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Mac: Setting up printer defaults in iOS X

Jul 30, 2013 3:43:34 PM / by

CUPS screen shotI was recently asked how a user could setup default preferences on a Mac. Usually, you would set up printing references for common print jobs. For shared computers, users would have to guess which preferences had the correct settings.  This task on a PC can usually be done with a few clicks in the printer set-up screen. However, Apple has made it a little more difficult and hidden some printing features. This settings can be changed in CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) web interface. Note: These settings should only be changed by advanced users or network administrators.

To access CUPS:

  1. Log into the Mac as an Administrator
  2. Open the Safari browsers
  3. Type in "http://localhost:631" into the address bar (remove the quotes)
  4. This will open the CUPS home screen. From here you can adjust any connected printer's settings.
  5. After making changes click Save and you will be required to enter the Administrator credentials.

CUPS allowed us to set default settings for our customers who are using Macs instead of Window's PCs.

Topics: Mac Printing, printer defaults, Printing and Publishing, printing tips, Tips and Resources, user settings

Michael Brandt

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I’m Michael Brandt and I write about a number of topics including events, activities and marketing. I also share ideas and tips, I’ve learned while working at Phillips. I'm an outdoor adventurer who loves the smell of pine, campfires and dirt. @mikebrandt13

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