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Description of Problem 100000036827

Configure the default printer settings in Macintosh OS X.

Description of Solution 200000046978


You can configure the following settings:




1.    From the application, click File and Page Setup.


2.    Make sure the Brother machine is selected next to Format for.


3.    Select the desired Paper Size, Orientation, and Scale.


4.    Click OK.






1.    From the application, click File and Print.


2.    If Printer and Presets are the only options on the Print window, click the Show Details button to the bottom to expand the Print window.



3.    After you change any settings, if you want to save the current settings, you will need to save it as a preset.  Refer to the following solution for instructions if needed - How do I save the printer driver settings as a preset in Macintosh OS X? 


4.    Click on the drop menu (Copies & Pages or the name of the application) and click on Print Settings or another option from the list to change various settings.







1.    MEDIA TYPE: To achieve the best print results, the media being printed on should be selected in the driver. The machine changes the way it prints depending on the selected media type.


-      Plain Paper: Recommended for 20 - 28 lb paper.

-      Thin Paper: Recommended for 16 - 20 lb paper.

-      Thick Paper: Recommended for heavier weight or rough paper.

-      Thicker Paper: Recommended if the toner is not fixed to the paper using the Thick Paper setting.

-      Bond Paper

-      Envelopes

-      Env. Thick: Recommended if the toner is not fixed to the envelope.

-      Env. Thin: Recommended if the envelope is crumpled.

-      Recycled Paper

-      Label: Media will feed from the MP tray.

-      Glossy Paper


NOTE: When Label is selected, the machine will feed the paper from the MP tray, even if MP Tray is not selected as the paper source.


2.    PRINT QUALITYYou can choose the print quality as follows:


-      Normal (600 x 600 dpi): Recommended for ordinary printing. Good print quality with reasonable print speeds.

-      Fine (2400 dpi class): The finest print mode. Use this mode to print precise images such as photographs. Since the print data is much larger than in normal mode, processing time / data transfer time and printing time will be longer.


NOTE: The print speed will change depending on what quality setting you choose. Higher print quality takes longer to print, while lower print quality takes less time to print.


3.    COLOR / MONOYou can change the Color/Mono setting as follows:


-      Auto:   The machine checks the content of your documents for color. If color is detected anywhere in the document, it will print the whole document using all the colors. It will mix some of the toners to help achieve every shade detected in the document, increasing the density of toner applied to the page. If no color content is detected, it will print in monochrome. The total printing speed may become slower.


-      Color:  Whether the document contains color or just monochrome, your machine will print using all the colors.


-      Mono:  Select Mono if the document has only black and gray scale text and objects. If your document contains color, this mode prints the document in 256 levels of gray using black toner.



-      The machine's color sensor is very sensitive and may perceive faded black text or an off-white background as color.  If you know that your document is black and white and you want to conserve color toner, select Mono mode.

-      If either the cyan, magenta, or yellow toner reaches the end of its life while printing a color document, the print job cannot be completed. You can cancel your print job and choose to start the print job again in Mono mode, as long as black toner is available.


4.    PAPER SOURCE:  You can choose:


-      Auto Select: The printer will automatically select the tray to use if the paper type and paper size configured at device side matches printer driver settings.  The paper size and paper type for each tray must be configured properly at the printer side.

-      Tray 1: The printer will use the first tray exclusively when printing.

-      Tray 2 (if the tray is installed): The printer will use the second tray exclusively when printing.

-      MP Tray: The printer will use the MP tray tray exclusively when printing.


IV. ADVANCED PRINT SETTINGS. Click the right triangle mark next to Advanced to display the advanced print settings.



1.    TONER SAVE MODE:  Conserve toner with this feature. When you set Toner Save Mode to On, print appears lighter.  The default setting is Off (unchecked).


NOTE:  We do not recommend Toner Save Mode for printing photo or grayscale images.


2.    IMPROVE PRINT OUTPUT: This feature allows you to improve a print quality problem.


-      Reduce Paper Curl: If you select this setting paper curl may be reduced.  If you are printing only a few pages, you do not need to choose this setting.  We recommend that you change the printer driver settings in Media type to a thin setting.


NOTE: This operation will decrease the temperature of the machine's fusing process.


-      Improve Toner Fixing: If you select this setting toner fixing on the paper may be improved.  If this selection does not improve the toner fixing, please select thicker paper in Media Type settings.


NOTE: This operation will increase the temperature of the machine's fusing process.


3.    SLEEP TIME: When the machine does not receive data for a certain period of time, it enters Sleep mode. In Sleep mode, the machine acts as though it were turned off. If you choose Printer Default, the timeout setting will be reset to the specific time set at the factory; this can be altered in the driver. To change the Sleep Time, choose Manual and then enter the time in the text box on the driver.


When the machine is in Sleep Mode, the LCD shows "Sleep", but the machine can still receive data. Receiving a print job will automatically wake up the machine to start printing. 




-      Skip Blank Page: If Skip Blank Page is selected, the printer driver detects blank pages and excludes them from printing.




-      Color Mode: The following options are available in Color Matching mode:


-      Normal:  This is the default color mode.

-      Vivid: The color of all elements are adjusted to become a brighter color.

-      None: No color adjustment is done.


-      Improve Gray Color: You can improve the image of a shaded area.


-      Enhance Black Printing: If a black graphic does not print correctly, choose this setting.





1.    AUTOMATIC 2-SIDED PRINTING: On the Print window, click on the drop menu (Copies & Pages or the name of the application) and click on Layout.


-      Two-sided: Choose Long-edge binding or Short-edge binding.



2.    MANUAL 2-SIDED PRINTING: On the Print window, click on the drop menu (Copies & Pages or the name of the application) and click on Paper Handling.


-      Pages to Print: Choose Even Only and Print. Reload the printed paper into the tray (blank side down in Tray 1, Tray 2, or blank side face up in the MP tray) and then choose Odd Only and Print.




VI. LAYOUT: On the Print window, click on the drop menu (Copies & Pages or the name of the application) and click on Layout.



1.    PAGES PER SHEET: The Pages Per Sheet selection can reduce the image size of a page by allowing multiple pages to be printed on one sheet of paper.


2.    LAYOUT DIRECTION: When you specify the pages per sheet, you can also specify the direction of the layout.


3.    BORDER: To add a border, use this setting.


4.    REVERSE PAGE ORIENTATION: Choose this option to reverse the data up to down (180 degrees). 


5.    FLIP HORIZONTALLY: Choose this option to reverse the data from left to right.



VII: SECURE PRINT: On the Print window, click on the drop menu (Copies & Pages or the name of the application) and click on Secure Print.



Secure documents are documents that are password protected when they are sent to the machine. Only the people who know the password will be able to print them. Since the documents are secured at the machine, you must enter the password using the control panel of the machine to print them.


To send a secured document:


1.    Select Secure Print.


2.    Type your password, user name, and job name. Click Print.


3.    To print secured documents, you must enter your password from the control panel of the machine.


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