How to Always Show Detailed Print Dialog on Mac

When I have to print plenty of docs, I use this little trick to give me the much-needed ammunition to breeze through the process a tad smoother. Instead of manually clicking the "Show Details" button every single time, you can configure your macOS to always show the extended print dialog on Mac!

There are times when I need to print a lot of documents. To ensure, I’m able to get the finest outcome, I like using the best laser printers for Mac. To further facilitate the process, I make a tiny adjustment. With the use of a smart hack, I configure the settings to always show the detailed print dialog on Mac.

For those unfamiliar, you have to select “Show Details” to view expanded printing options including, specific page counts, print paper orientation, printing double-sided, paper size and more. If you print a lot of docs, you would indeed want the macOS to show the expanded dialog window. Enough gossip, let’s find out how it works!

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How to Always Show the Extended Print Dialog on Mac

Step #1. Launch Terminal on your Mac. You can quickly access it through Spotlight.

Search Terminal in Mac Spotlight Search

Step #2. Now, you have to enter the following defaults command string:

defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE

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Always Show Extended Print Dialog on Mac

Then, press Return to bring command into effect.

Step #3. Next, head over to any document or webpage and click on File.

Then, select Print to view the expanded print dialog shown by default.

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Note: Though you don’t require rebooting Mac for the change to get into action, you need to begin the process again by closing the print dialog window if it’s already opened.

Now, check out the expanded Print dialog window with several additional details.

How to Go Back to the Default Print Dialog Screen on Mac

No longer want to view the expanded print dialog? Fine, you can easily go back to the default option.

Step #1. Launch “Terminal” app on your Mac and then paste the following command and then press return:

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defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool FALSE

Disable Print Dialog Screen on Mac

Step #2. Finally, quit Terminal.

That’s done! Now, the macOS won’t show the full expanded print window.

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Wrapping up

I hope this little hack will be able to make your bulk printing a bit of smooth sailing. Have any feedback? Share it down below in the comments.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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