Recently my computer started printing the my user name, the date, and the time at the bottom of every page I print. I don't want this to be printed. What caused this to happen and how can I stop it? (I am using OS X 10.9.1)

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    Does this happen with all apps or just some/one?
    – grg
    Dec 27 '13 at 16:20
  • @grgarside This happens with all apps.
    – tstew
    Dec 27 '13 at 16:29
  • Have you got any printer drivers installed other than the ones that are automatically installed by OS X?
    – grg
    Dec 27 '13 at 16:34
  • @grgarside No, I don't
    – tstew
    Dec 27 '13 at 16:36
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    Sorry ... Print headers & footers checkbox is because I was in Google Chrome. Are you printing through a enterprise print server such as PaperCut or Windows print serving at work/school?
    – IconDaemon
    Dec 27 '13 at 17:01

Rather than guess what has changed, here is a procedure to narrow the cause down.

  • Make a new user account from System Preferences and log into that user.
  • Open TextEdit and type one word or two and then print.

Don't change any settings and just print one page. If the page prints with the banner, then you can conclude that a system wide print setting has changed or that the printer itself is injecting the footer. The first thing I would try in this case is to reset the printing system:

  • http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1341
  • If you have printers - option click the - to reset pringing
  • if you have no printers, control click the area above the +/- control and reset the printing system

It would be odd to still have banners after resetting the print system and possibly something the print driver is doing automagically.

If not, you can know that it's a print default setting that was entered for your user account.

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    It still prints with the banner. The change must be system wide.
    – tstew
    Dec 27 '13 at 17:18
  • @user2202326 Yes - that's going to be slightly harder to find. Apple's KB article seems a little out of date, so we may need someone to edit things in or a call to AppleCare to clarify things. Do you mind updating if resetting the print system clears the footer?
    – bmike
    Dec 27 '13 at 17:32
  • Resetting the print system did not fix it.
    – tstew
    Dec 27 '13 at 21:27
  • Wow - good work. It sure seems like the printer or print queue is likely to be the culprit. If you use the OS X print queue to print a test page and it gets tagged with the footer, I'd be hard pressed to guess how your software was injecting that additional data. If another idea strikes me, I'll report back.
    – bmike
    Dec 27 '13 at 21:34

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