How to Manage Your Print Jobs in OS X Yosemite

By Mark L. Chambers

You can exercise some control over the documents — or, in technoid, print jobs — that you send to your printer in OS X. To display the jobs that are active (in line and preparing to print), open the Printers & Scanners pane in System Preferences and click the Open Print Queue button to display the Print Queue window.

The print queue window on a Mac.

These icons are available from the Print Queue window:

  • Pause: Click this icon to stop all printing to this printer. Note that Pause doesn’t remove any print jobs from the list. When jobs are stopped, the Pause icon morphs into Resume — click it to restart all jobs in the queue list from the beginning.

    This is a good feature to use when your printer is about to run out of paper.

  • Settings: If your printer supports remote supply monitoring, you can click this icon and click the Supply Levels tab to display the current levels of ink and paper in your printer (thus saving your feet from the wear and tear of walking).

    Click the General tab on the Settings sheet, and Yosemite displays the model-specific configuration settings and features (if any) available for the active printer. These settings vary for every printer produced by the hand of Man — they’re determined by the manufacturer’s printer driver — but they usually include actions (such as cleaning and alignment) and settings (such as print quality).