I have two 4" x 6" label printers. Every time I print a label, I have to MANUALLY select 4" x 6" output (which is often forgotten -- screwing up several labels) ANNOYING!

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So I remember -- head smack -- default paper size setting in System Preferences! But go there and there is no selection for 4" x 6"

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I feel like I am not the first to have this issue.

How can I set a label printer to have 4" x 6" as its default media?

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    Why not save it in Presets, at the top of your first dialog? Does 4x6 appear in the Paper Size drop menu in that dialog? It does for me.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 11, 2020 at 15:50
  • That is the issue: You can see there that is does NOT show up as an option...
    – drewk
    Nov 11, 2020 at 16:22
  • The list where it doesn't show is not the list I'm asking about. My printer doesn't show 4x6 in that dialog, but it does in the first dialog, next to where you have circled.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 11, 2020 at 16:24
  • That only allows me to set the paper size once. Next time I print, it is back to 8 x 10
    – drewk
    Nov 11, 2020 at 16:39
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    It works! Answer that way and I will accept. There is also the CUPS Method that works too.
    – drewk
    Nov 11, 2020 at 18:26

1 Answer 1


You should be able to define it as a Preset, directly from the main Print dialog.

[Example showing different settings/printer, just for locations]

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Once you set the page size in the lower marked drop menu, you can then Save Current settings as Preset, from the top drop menu.
That info should then be retained.

  • Hello, My main print dialog in acrobat reader is different. What is this app where it shows such dialog? How to actually fix it?
    – Raymond
    Oct 30, 2023 at 15:57
  • Adobe does things its own way, often ognoring the standard Apple Toolbox guidelines. I don't have Acrobat so I can't check. The picture above is the default Mac-standard print dialog available in almost all apps [except Adobe] :\
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 30, 2023 at 17:09
  • Tried Word, doesn't look like anything your screenshot shows. What app you have used for above screenshot?
    – Raymond
    Oct 30, 2023 at 17:25
  • Microsoft are another one that ignore the Toolbox. Just try any Apple app [or one that does do it properly, which is most of them.]
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 30, 2023 at 17:29
  • Thanks, Manage to see the settings, had to click Show Details on the dialog box. It does work on macOS apps and Microsoft Apps but Adobe Acrobat Reader still doesn't take these defaults.
    – Raymond
    Oct 30, 2023 at 17:36

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