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TIP: Changing printer driver in Mountain Lion for Windows printer

Bruce Johnson responded to a previous reader's comment about not being able to change a printer driver with Mountain Lion for a printer connected to Windows. Johnson describes how to do it with the Mac's CUPS interface, accessible from a web browser, and a command in Terminal:

It's possible, but a pain in the butt. First go to the CUPS web interface at http://localhost:631 . Cupsd will tell you that the web interface is disabled and to enable it run: cupsctl WebInterface=yes

To do that, open Terminal and do: sudo cupsctl WebInterface=yes

Then you can go back to the CUPS Web interface and manage the printer. Under Administration, select Manage the Printer, log in with an administrative account username and password and you can then change the drivers about four screens into the management process.

As a general rule, I've never had much luck printing through Windows print queues and have always just printed directly to the printers. Also, this kind of nonsense about printer drivers (among other things) is why we abandoned Canon printer/copiers for Ricoh's.

If you've tried this please .