Creating A Printer Pool

I am sure many of you are using your Macs at home. You may have one or two printers depending on what your needs are. If there are not many people using the printers at one time then you probably are fine. However, if several people are using the printers at once in your home environment or even a small business, you may need a Printer Pool.

Printer Pool

Obviously, the Printer Pool feature in macOS requires you to have two or more printers. If you do have at least two printers and wish to create a printer pool, then do the following.

Open Printers & Scanners in System Preferences. Then select two or more printers by clicking on them while holding down the Command Key ⌘:

Printer Sanner Window

Then click on “Create Printer Pool…” in the center of the window. You will be asked to name your Printer Pool:

Printer Pool Name

The macOS will create your Printer Pool. It will be listed in the Printers & Scanners sidebar:

Printer Pool Sidebar

If several people are using your printers, all you have to do is select your Printer Pool (in my case “My Printer Pool”) and click on “Print:”

My Printer Pool

The document in question will be printed to one of the printers in your Printer Pool.

I work from home and do not really need a Printer Pool. However, after creating a Printer Pool I printed a few documents. One time they would print on my Canon Laser and the other time on my HP Officejet.


I suppose this is no big deal, but if you are in an environment where many people are using just a few printers, a Printer Pool might save you some time.