I've been using the following terminal command to set the current default printer paper size to a custom paper size

defaults write com.apple.print.PrintingPrefs DefaultPaperID -string 154x216

Unfortunately looking in preferences panel this is not setting the paper size, please does anyone know where this default paper is now set in Mavericks

  • just missed it from my code entered here, i'll edit thanks Oct 31, 2013 at 15:15

1 Answer 1


The setting in System Preferences changes the DefaultPaperID key in ~/Library/Preferences/org.cups.PrintingPrefs.plist. Try to change that key instead:

defaults write org.cups.PrintingPrefs DefaultPaperID 154x216

Quit and reopen applications to apply the changes.

defaults read com.apple.print.custompapers shows the IDs of custom paper sizes.

  • Big Sur: defaults read com.apple.print.custompapers 2021-07-09 11:36:22.616 defaults[15155:6014592] Domain com.apple.print.custompapers does not exist Jul 9, 2021 at 15:36

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