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How to Delete a Printer on Mac

Have you ever needed to print off an important form or certificate, only to be overwhelmed by the exhausting number of printers registered on your computer? Knowing how to delete a printer on Mac will help you eliminate this problem and optimize your printing workflows more efficiently.


Deleting a printer can be necessary when your device is no longer supported. Uninstalling a printer driver Mac device can also keep everything organized and more easily update old software on devices you use. And if you’ve encountered hardware issues, deleting and reinstalling a device can help solve the problem.


I’ll show you how to uninstall printer on Mac both manually and with software.


Before we begin


When you manually delete a printer on your Mac, you typically need to know the device’s name. Moreover, you need to spend time going through various systems and processes. What if I told you that a more efficient solution exists?


Deleting old devices you don’t recognize is much easier with MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller, which you can also use to remove plugins and free up space on your computer.


MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller has several benefits compared to the traditional method when you completely uninstall application on Mac. Most importantly, you’ll save time. But on top of that, you can also remove duplicates and ensure that you don’t delete critical files while removing drivers.

How to delete printer on Mac manually

I would advise you to think twice about deleting a printer on your Mac manually, mainly because it takes more time than some of the other options you have. Nonetheless, if you’d like to remove a printer from your computer on your own, you can follow these instructions.

  1. Go to the Apple logo in the top left and select System Settings
  2. When System Settings appears, scroll down to Printers & Scanners
  3. You’ll see a list of printers you’ve added in this section under Printers. Hit the trackpad + control simultaneously on the printer you want to delete
  4. Select Remove Printer when the option appears.
Go to the Apple logo to select System Settings. Here, you can begin the process of deleting printers on your Mac computer
Step 1. Apple logo > System Settings/Preferences
Choosing the Printers & Scanners section will provide access to your listed printers. Here, you can delete those you no longer need
Step 2. Select Printers & Scanners
Choose the printer you want to delete. You'll see this in a section within System Settings > Printers & Scanners on your Mac
Step 3. Find the printer you want to delete in the left-hand toolbar
Selecting the - button will delete the printer you've chosen from your Mac. You can later re-add this manually if needed
Step 4. Click on the - button to delete your printer

You’ll need to reinstall your printer later if you want to reconnect it to your device. You can delete files on Mac in numerous other categories to clear space, such as duplicated photos, alongside your printer.

How to quickly remove printer on Mac using MacKeeper

To remove printer from Mac, I can recommend MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller as a more time-effective solution. The program finds leftover apps and programs automatically, meaning that you don’t need to worry about what you called your printer when you installed it.


Follow these instructions to remove a printer with MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller:

  1. Download MacKeeper
  2. Go to Cleaning > Smart Uninstaller
  3. Click on Start Scan
  4. Tick the boxes in each category for programs you want to uninstall
  5. Tap Remove Selected
  6. Hit Remove when the pop-up window appears.
You'll need to choose Smart Uninstaller in MacKeeper to begin the process of uninstalling a printer, before hitting your Mac's Start Scan button
Step 1. Smart Uninstaller > Start Scan
After choosing the boxes for programs you want to remove, you can tap the Remove Selected button. This will begin the printer deletion process
Step 2. Tick boxes for printers and click on Remove Selected
The pop-up menu will ask you to either cancel your choice—or to delete the program by hitting Remove. Choose the latter
Step 3. Select the Remove pop-up button

Another benefit of using MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller is that you can remove caches and other files that might get left behind when manually deleting printers. So, you can keep your computer operating at an optimal level.


You can also learn how to find printer on Mac if you’re looking for a specific installed device.

How to uninstall printer drivers on Mac

Knowing how to uninstall printer driver Mac is a good idea if you’re changing to a new manufacturer, as what you previously had won’t work with a newer device.


Follow these instructions to get rid of printer drivers that you no longer need on your computer:

  1. Go to Finder > Applications
  2. Look for your printer company and click on the folder
  3. Select the option to uninstall when you see it.
Go to the Finder app on your Mac and look for the Applications folder. Here, you will find the option to uninstall your printer driver
Step 1. Finder > Applications
In the Applications folder in Finder, you will find a prompt to uninstall your printer driver. Click on this and follow the instructions
Step 2. Uninstall your printer driver

Remove printers that you no longer need on your Mac

In some cases, you might need to remove printers on your Mac because you’ve bought a new one. And in other instances, you may delete a printer—or printer driver—because you borrowed someone else’s device but no longer need it. Regardless of why, removing a device shouldn’t take you too long.


Though you have the option to delete printers manually, using third-party software will streamline the process. MacKeeper’s Smart Uninstaller can help you quickly remove printers you no longer need and free up space on your computer.

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