How to set your default printer and change its name and location on Mac

Set Default Printer Change Name Location on Mac

If you use more than one printer with your Mac, it’s important to know how to choose the default printer. This is useful if you take your Mac to your physical office, school, or library and then return to your home office. And if you share your Mac and printer with others, giving a name and location to your equipment is also helpful.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to set your default printer as well as change its name and location on your Mac.

How to print from iPhone or iPad

iPhone print screen desk

Apple introduced its AirPrint feature to the scene about a decade ago. This allows you to print items from your iPhone or iPad to a printer on your Wi-Fi network without any additional software.

So if you’ve recently purchased an AirPrint-enabled printer, you’ll obviously need to know how to print from your iOS device.

While the exact process for accessing the print option can differ for third-party apps, it’s pretty much the same for the Apple apps on your device.

Here we’ll cover the basics for you to learn how to print from your iPhone or iPad.

How to export, print, save, or share your Calendar as a PDF on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Print, export, and share calendar events on iPhone

While it’s awesome to have your appointments and events on your devices for quick and easy access, there may come a time when you want to print your calendar. Or maybe you’d like to save it so that you can share a physical copy later on.

You can export, print, or save a calendar from the Calendar app as a PDF. We’ll show you how to do this on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to add a new printer to your Mac

When it comes to using your Mac for day-to-day activities, you may want to set up a printer with it so you can print documents, shipping labels, photos, and other important pieces of information.

In macOS, Apple has made it really easy to add a new printer to your Mac. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can add a new printer to Mac whether it's wired or wireless.

How to create PDF files from your Mac’s printer menu

Lots of times you may want to print something, only to find that you have no printer ink or that you aren't near a printer. Your Mac comes with a useful function in the macOS printing menu that lets you save anything you want to print as a PDF file to print or share later. We'll show you how you can make a PDF out of anything you intend to print in this tutorial.

New in iOS 9: Native print preview

I don't often use AirPrint to print from my iPad or iPhone, but occasionally I find the need to do so. One of the things that's always bugged me about printing from my iPad is the lack of any sort of print preview.

Prior to iOS 9, if you wanted to print directly from the native iOS share sheet, you pretty much had to go into the whole ordeal blind, as you weren't provided with a print preview. With iOS 9, things have changed. You'll now find a native print preview option whenever you invoke the printing dialogue from the native share sheet.

Item printing resurrected in 1Password for iOS, iTunes backups added

1Password by AgileBits, one of the finest password management utilities on iOS and OS X, has received an update in the App Store today.

For starters, the new version 4.5.2 brings back the item printing feature after previously being removed. Next, this edition of 1Password adds another syncing option, in addition to Dropbox and iCloud: iTunes.

This allows you to store backups of your passwords, notes, credit cards and other private information as local files that can be accessed and copied to your computer using the iTunes File Sharing feature. You should also experience faster syncing and more reliable performance overall.

1Password for the iPhone and iPad is $17.99 in the App Store...

How to integrate Google Cloud Print natively within iOS

If you ever listen to our Let's Talk iOS podcast, you're probably keenly aware of my paperless lifestyle. As a huge Evernote proponent, I make it a habit of avoiding hoarding lots of unnecessary papers. But every now and then, even I am forced to print out a document or two. It happens just rarely enough to make it extremely annoying, and my annoyance is compounded by the fact I don't own an AirPrint compatible printer.

As someone who is slowly integrating their way back into the Google ecosystem, I decided to give Google's Cloud Print service a try. Google Cloud Print is basically the Google equivalent of AirPrint with some notable differences here and there. But for all intents and purposes, people use Google Cloud Print for the same reason that people use AirPrint—they want to print wirelessly from a wirelessly connected device.

It goes without saying that Google Cloud Print support is a feature that hasn't been, and probably never will be, included in stock iOS. But that's okay, because there is a jailbreak tweak that will allow you to just that. Check inside for the full video walkthrough.

Google Drive refreshed with multi-accounts, single sign-on and wireless printing

In terms of feature additions, it's been a quiet period for the Google Drive iOS app after a major visual makeover two months ago brought the software in line with its Android counterpart. But the team hasn't been standing still. In a small but sweet update Thursday, the app has finally gained a much requested new feature - support for multiple Google Accounts - as well as the ability to print your documents wirelessly via either Apple's AirPrint or Google's Cloud Print protocol.

Jump past the fold for additional tidbits...

Epson Adds AirPrint Support, HP Takes the Feature to the Next Level

When Apple unveiled AirPrint last year, there were only 12 printers that supported the feature. Since then, manufacturers have been dragging their feet on supporting the wireless printing option.

Until now, HP has had the lion's share of the AirPrint-compatible printer market. But it seems like Epson is looking to get in on the action, as MacRumors reports that the Japanese company has several printers coming out this Fall that support the feature...

PDF Converter Turns Documents into PDFs on Your iPad

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to take an existing Pages or Numbers document and convert it into a PDF right on our iPad, making it readable on just about any device you could possibly want to send it to?

Unfortunately, though, the iPad doesn't currently support the ability to print to a PDF- a feature we half-expected Apple to add alongside the bungled release of AirPrint.

As an aside, does anyone actually use AirPrint? If you do, we'd love to hear why and when you make use of this little known and rarely used feature, in the comments!

Now, back on subject...