Looking to uninstall a printer from your Macbook? Follow these simple steps to remove the printer from your device.
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If you have a printer that you no longer use, or if you are giving your Macbook to someone else, you may want to uninstall the printer. Uninstalling a printer is a two-step process: first you remove the printer from the “Printers & Scanners” list, and then you delete the driver associated with the printer.
Why you might need to uninstall a printer
From time to time, you may need to uninstall a printer from your Macbook. Maybe you’re no longer using that particular printer, or maybe you’re trying to troubleshoot an issue with your current printing setup. Whatever the reason, uninstalling a printer from your Macbook is a relatively simple process.
There are two different ways to uninstall a printer on a Macbook: through the “Printers & Scanners” preference pane in System Preferences, or by using the “lpr” command in Terminal. We’ll walk you through both methods so you can choose the one that works best for you.
Steps to take before uninstalling a printer
There are a few steps you need to take before uninstalling a printer on your Macbook. These steps will ensure that the uninstall process goes smoothly and that you don’t run into any problems afterwards.
1. Make sure that you have the latest drivers for your printer. You can usually find these on the website of the printer manufacturer.
2. Delete the printer from the Printers & Scanners preferences pane.
3. Remove any files related to the printer from your computer, such as drivers or preference files.
4. Uninstall any software associated with the printer, such as a printer utility or management program.
How to uninstall a printer on a Macbook
If you’re no longer using a printer and want to free up some space on your Macbook, you can uninstall it. This process is relatively simple and only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to do it:
1. Open the “Print & Scan” preferences pane by going to System Preferences > Print & Scan.
2. Select the printer you want to remove in the list of printers and click the “-” button at the bottom of the pane.
3. Confirm that you want to remove the printer by clicking “OK.”
And that’s it! Your printer will now be uninstalled and you’ll have one less thing taking up space on your Macbook.
If you’re having trouble printing from your Macbook, one possible solution is to uninstall your printer and then reinstall it. This process will vary depending on the make and model of your printer, but here are some general tips to get you started.
First, open the “Printers & Scanners” preference pane in System Preferences. You can do this by clicking the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen and then selecting “System Preferences.”
Once you’re in the “Printers & Scanners” pane, select your printer in the list on the left side of the window and then click the “-” button at the bottom of the list. This will remove your printer from the list.
Next, restart your Macbook and then open the “Printers & Scanners” pane again. This time, click the “+” button at the bottom of the list and then select “Add Printer or Scanner.”
If your printer is properly connected to your Macbook, it should appear in the list of available printers. Select it and then click “Add.”
Once you’ve added your printer back to your system, try printing again to see if the issue has been resolved.
Below are some frequently asked questions about uninstalling a printer on a Macbook.
How do I uninstall a printer from my Macbook?
To uninstall a printer from your Macbook, follow these steps:
1. Open the “Printers & Scanners” preference pane.
2. Select the printer you wish to remove in the list of printers.
3. Click the “-” button at the bottom of the preference pane to remove the selected printer.
That’s it! You have now successfully uninstalled your printer from your Macbook.
If you have a printer that you no longer use, you may want to uninstall it to free up space on your Macbook. This can be done in a few simple steps.
First, open the Applications folder and select the Utilities folder. Within the Utilities folder, open the Print & Fax Preferences application.
Next, select the printer that you want to remove from the list of printers on the left side of the window. Once you have selected the printer, click on the minus sign at the bottom of the list to remove it.
You will be prompted to confirm that you want to remove the printer. Click on the Yes button to continue. The printer will be removed from your system and you will no longer be able to use it.
If you’re having trouble with your printer, or you simply want to remove it from your Macbook, here’s how to do it.
First, open up the “Printers & Scanners” pane in System Preferences. You can do this by clicking the Apple menu at the top-left of your screen and selecting “System Preferences,” or by searching for it in Spotlight.
Once the pane opens, you should see a list of all the printers currently installed on your Macbook. To remove one, simply select it and click the “-” button at the bottom of the list.
If you don’t see the printer you want to remove listed in System Preferences, it may be because it’s a built-in system printer. To remove one of these printers, you’ll need to use the “lp” command in Terminal.
First, open up Terminal by searching for it in Spotlight or by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal. Once it opens, type in the following command:
lpstat -p | grep -i ‘name-of-printer’
Replace “name-of-printer” with the actual name of the printer you want to remove. For example, if you wanted to remove a printer called “HP OfficeJet Pro 6968,” you would type:
lpstat -p | grep -i ‘HP OfficeJet Pro 6968’
Once you hit Enter, Terminal should return a line of text that looks something like this:
printer HP_Officejet_Pro_6968 is idle. enabled since Jan 01 00:00:00 2020
The important part here is the first word after “printer,” which is typically either “disabled” or “idle.” If it says “disabled,” that means the printer is already uninstalled and you can close Terminal. If it says “idle,” that means the printer is still installed and you’ll need to uninstall it using the following command:
sudo lpadmin -x ‘name-of-printer’
Before you begin, you will need to gather the following items:
-The printer you wish to uninstall
-A Macbook running OS X 10.6 or later
-An internet connection
If you have these items, you are ready to uninstall your printer. Follow the steps below:
1. Open System Preferences and click on “Print & Fax”.
2. Select the printer you wish to uninstall from the list of printers.
3. Click the “-” button at the bottom of the list of printers. This will remove the printer from your system.