Printtool Is Trying to Modify the Printer Settings

Printtool Is Trying to Modify the Printer Settings

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The dialog box can pop up on your Mac for two reasons:

  • A printer driver that is no longer supported is still installed on your Mac.
  • Because of the user’s lack of privileges, this printer cannot be accessed.

In the case of the former, it should be as simple as deleting any printers that aren’t listed in System Preferences. It would take a little more effort to fix the latter issue.

[FIXED] Printtool Is Trying to Modify the Printer Settings

If you do need to try the latter, the instructions are as follows:

  • Launch the Finder.
  • Select Go > Go to Folder… from the Finder menu bar.
  • Enter this path: /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications
  • Start the Directory Utility programme.
  • Choose Directory Editor.
  • Select Groups in the Viewing box.
  • Enter print in the Search box.
  • Select Print Administrator from the left-hand menu.
  • Select GroupMembership in the right-side window, then click the “+” plus button to the right of GroupMembership.
  • Replace new value with the name of the user account where you are getting these pop-ups, and then click Save.
  • Stop using the Directory Editor.
  • Log out and then re-enter this user account.

How can I disable the Printer PopUp message?

KHEY LOCAL MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPrintProviders and deactivate the entry NetPopup. After that, restart Windows (however stopping and restarting the print spooler will suffice). If the printer is on an NT server, this property must be configured on the server that manages the print queue.

This can also be accomplished using the Printers Control applet.

  • Launch the Printer Control Applet (Start – Settings – Printers)
  • Select “Server Properties” from the File menu.
  • Go to the Advanced tab.
  • Uncheck the “Notify me when remote documents are printed” checkbox.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Restart the computer.

How to Hide Local Printers?

  • To open the Control Panel, click the “Start” button and then select “Control Panel” from the menu.
  • To view your printers, go to the “Hardware and Sound” section and click the “View devices and printers” option.
  • Select “Printer properties” from the context menu when you right-click the printer you wish to conceal.
  • To switch to the “Security” tab in the Printer Properties box, click it.
  • In the “Group or user names” area, select “Everyone” and then click the “Remove” button.
  • Select any other users who have printer access, and then click the “Remove” option to remove permissions from all users except you.
  • To apply the updated settings, click the “Apply” button, and then click “OK” to close the Printer Properties window.


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