How do I reset the printing system on my Mac?

Answered by Cody Janus

To reset the printing system on your Mac, you will need to follow these steps:

1. First, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen. This will open a drop-down menu.

2. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open the System Preferences window.

3. In the System Preferences window, you will see various icons representing different settings. Look for the icon labeled “Printers & Scanners” and click on it. This will open the Printers & Scanners settings.

4. In the Printers & Scanners settings, you will see a list of printers on the left-hand side. Scroll through the list and find the printer that you want to reset.

5. Once you have located the printer, control-click on its name. This will open a contextual menu.

6. From the contextual menu, select “Reset Printing System.” A confirmation dialog will appear, asking if you are sure you want to reset the printing system.

7. Read the confirmation dialog carefully, as resetting the printing system will remove all printers and scanners from your Mac. If you are certain that you want to proceed, click on the “Reset” button.

8. After clicking the “Reset” button, you may be prompted to enter your administrator password. This is to ensure that only authorized users can make changes to the printing system. Enter your password when prompted and click “OK.”

9. The printing system will now be reset, and all printers and scanners will be removed from your Mac. You will need to set up your printers again if you want to use them.

It is worth noting that resetting the printing system should only be done if you are experiencing issues with your printers or if you want to start fresh with your printing setup. It is a drastic step that removes all printer and scanner configurations, so make sure to back up any important settings or information before proceeding.

In my personal experience, I have had to reset the printing system on my Mac when I encountered persistent printing issues. After resetting the printing system and setting up my printers again, the issues were resolved, and I was able to print without any problems.

Resetting the printing system on your Mac can be an effective troubleshooting step for printer-related issues. Just remember to proceed with caution and be prepared to set up your printers again after the reset.