Title says it for the most part.

My printer after the print job completes

Prior to 11.6, after I would print, the printer application would automatically close/exit. Now it no longer does. I've tried the old trick or right clicking the dock icon and selecting quit but that didn't work this time. I've looked in Printer preferences and through the printer's menu for options to auto close but have not found anything.

Is there a new way to make the printer auto quit?

I have two printers and this does the same for both (and I do get printer specific icons for each printer)

  • If you right-click on the icon, under Options, does it say "Remove From Dock"?
    – benwiggy
    Oct 5, 2021 at 18:09
  • @benwiggy - it's still running, it will say 'Keep in Dock", but I've no clue what that app is, or what printer it's for. Maybe it's a manufacturer-specific issue. I've never known an app pop up in the Dock whilst printing.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 5, 2021 at 18:24
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    @Tetsujin IME, the print queue app launches when anything is printed.
    – benwiggy
    Oct 5, 2021 at 18:35
  • Hmm… yup - guess I've never noticed it before. Icon is an image of the specific printer too.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 5, 2021 at 18:39
  • Same here. Seems to have begun when I updated from 11.5 to 11.6. @benwiggy there is no "Remove From Dock" contextual command. While there is a "Quit" command, the icon returns at the next print job and then, again, remains in the Dock. I'd like the icon to go away when a print job completes. Oct 5, 2021 at 19:38

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As @DavidSupportsMonica mentioned in the comments, 11.6.1 fixes this. I just downloaded the update, printed and my Printer icon is no longer visible in the dock.

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