The computer has a variety of printing options available.
Physical printers, for example, can be connected wirelessly or via an Ethernet connection, and PDF alternatives can be included in your operating system or loaded onto your computer.
You may need to check the list of printers connected to your computer from time to time to turn off or remove those that are no longer in use.
For example, if you bought a new printer and no longer use the old one, it’s a good idea to uninstall it from your computer.
It’s not harmful to keep old printer software on your computer, but it eats up disk space and clutters the list of available printers.
Select your operating system below and follow the instructions to see the printers currently installed on your computer.
View connected printers on your Windows computer
- Press the Windows key, then type Printers & scanners in the search field.
- All printers and print options installed on your computer are displayed in the Printers & scanners section.
The main printer connected to your computer is displayed, as well as any PDF alternatives, such as Adobe PDF or Microsoft Print to PDF.
You can save your document as a PDF using the PDF options. Instead of making a tangible copy, by clicking Print, you save the document as a PDF on your computer.
The default print selection is marked with the word Default next to it, as shown in the image above in yellow.
View connected printers on Mac
- Open Settings.
- Go to System Preferences.
- Select Printers & Scanners from the System Preferences menu.
- The printing choices available on your computer are shown in the Printers section.
The main printer your computer is connected to, either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable, is displayed, as well as any PDF selections such as Adobe.
You can save your document as a PDF using the PDF options.
Instead of making a tangible copy, by clicking Print, you save the document as a PDF on your computer.