How to Change Macintosh Printer Settings

Change Print Settings with macOS Catalina (10.15) or Later

  1. Go to File and Print
    Note: If this drop down menu is missing, select Show Details
  2. Select the application dropdown menu in the middle of the print window
    Note: In Microsoft Office applications, it displays Copies & Pages

3. Change to Layout / Finish

4. Next to Print Type: choose the default 2-Sided and change to 1-Sided or Booklet

5. Select the app menu in the middle of the print window and change to Quality

6. Next to the Select Color: choose the default Gray Scale setting and change to Auto Color or Full Color

7. If you would like to save these settings for future use, select Default Settings next to Presets and select Save Current Settings as Preset…

8. Enter a descriptive name, such as 1-Sided Color

9. Lastly, click Print

Change Print Settings with macOS Mojave (10.14) or Earlier

  1. Go to File and Print, then select the macOS app menu and change to Printer Features
    Note: If this drop down menu is missing, select Show Details
  2. Even though the scroll bar may be hidden in the Printer Features area, if you click to the right side it will be revealed and allow you to scroll down to Print Type
  3. Next to Print Type: choose the default 2-Sided and change to 1-Sided or Booklet
  4. Continue to scroll down until you see Select Color listed twice in a row
  5. Next to the top Select Color: choose the default Gray Scale setting and change to Auto Color or Full Color
  6. A warning will pop up in a new window
  7. Select Continue
  8. The second Select Color: setting will automatically change to Full Color
  9. If you would like to save these settings for future use, select Default Settings next to Presets and select Save Current Settings as Preset…
  10. Lastly, click Print