OS X Yosemite: Update or change printer software

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Update or change printer software

Most printers are compatible with OS X. When you add a printer, OS X automatically uses AirPrint or downloads a printer’s software (also called a printer driver).

If you can’t use a printer you already added, or if the Print dialog doesn’t have settings for all its features, you can change its setup. You can choose to use different printer software from Apple, or to use AirPrint (if the printer supports it).

Re-add your printer with a different set up

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Printers & Scanners.

  2. Select your printer in the list, then click Remove .

  3. Click Add , and if a pop-up menu appears, choose Add Printer or Scanner.

    A dialog appears listing any Bonjour, IP, shared, and Open Directory printers on your local network. It may take a minute or two for your printer to appear.

  4. Select your printer when it appears in the list, then do one of the following:

    • Use AirPrint: Click the Use pop-up menu, then choose AirPrint (or Secure AirPrint). If AirPrint isn’t in the pop-up menu, your printer doesn’t support it.

    • Use printer software installed on your Mac or downloaded from Apple: Click the Use pop-up menu, then choose Select Software.

    • Use printer software from a file on your Mac: Click the Use pop-up menu, then choose Other. Select the file, then click Add.

Update your printer software

If your printer isn’t using AirPrint, you can use Software Update to download the latest software. If you don’t do this, you may see a message that software isn’t available when you connect your printer.

Choose Apple menu > App Store, then click Updates.

Install any software updates listed for your printer.

If software for your printer isn’t available using Software Update, you can contact the manufacturer for information. It may be that your printer isn’t compatible with OS X. To check, see Apple Support article Printer and scanner software available for download.

If you install printer software that you didn’t get from Apple, your printer’s software may not be updated automatically when you use Software Update.

Published Date: Sep 14, 2017
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