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Mac Printers - Top Printer Problems in OS X

According to a recent PC World article by Landau, there are three frequently encountered problems encountered while printing from a Mac. The solutions? Either a variation of unplug and restart, or purchasing a $30 program.

  • If there is no printer showing up when you try to print from a “File” menu, the article recommends deleting and re-adding your printer in the “Add printer” window.
  • But worse than the first, perhaps you’ve already tried adding the printer again, but you get an error message, the ever helpful, “An error occurred while trying to add the selected printer.” Again, the article recommends a restart, this time of the entire printing system. Under “Print & Fax” a control-click to the printers list will allow you to do this, at the cost of anything currently in the queue.
  • Worse than either, nothing is working, and now the article recommends a $30 program to fix anything and everything that might be going wrong with your printer.
  • It might not hurt to try resetting a few more times, and ensuring your printer has ink before shelling out $30. The program will perform permissions checks for you automatically, but you may want to give this a try yourself if you’re tech savvy or would like to become more so. It might be time not to fear your printer.

About William Elward

Founder of Castle Ink, William Elward has 20 years experience in the printer industry. He's been featured on CNN Money, Yahoo, PC World, Computer World, and other top publications and frequently blogs about printers and ink cartridges. He's an expert at diagnosing printer issues and has published guides to fixing common printer issues across the internet. A graduate of Bryant University and Columbia's Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program, he's held various leadership positions at The College Board, Bankrate, Zocdoc, and Everyday Health. Follow him on Twitter at William Elward's Twitter Profile