Waiting For Printer To Become Available on Mac Monterey/Big Sur – Fixed 2022
Disable Print Dialog Extensions (PDEs)
Depending on your printer and the application you are trying to print from, Print Dialog Extensions may be the culprit.
PDEs allow you greater access and flexibility to customize your print options. However, they have also be known to cause compatibility issues.
If you are receiving the Mac waiting for printer to become available error, try turning off the use of PDEs for that printer.
To Disable Print Dialog Extensions:
If none of the above troubleshooting steps have been successful, you are likely dealing with a corrupt printer driver.
You will need to follow the 3 steps detailed below to fully remove and reinstall your printer driver.
To reset the printing system, perform the following steps:
To fully delete any leftover Printer files, perform the following steps:
To reinstall the latest Printer driver, perform the following steps:
That’s it! Go ahead and try to print something. The waiting for printer to become available error should now be resolved.
Create A New Printer Queue
An error or temporary corruption in the printer queue can also result in the waiting for printer to become available error.
To create a new printer queue, you’ll first need to remove the printer from the printer list and then add the printer back again.
You’ve now created a new printing queue!
Go ahead and try to print. If the error persists, continue to the next troubleshooting step.
waiting for printer to become available?
*Be aware that resetting the printer system will remove any existing print queue and reset any customized driver settings. Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences . Select Printers & Scanners. Right-click (or Ctrl + click) your product in the Printers list in the left panel, and then click Reset printing system . Click OK to confirm the reset. Type your user Name and Password . Click OK . The printing system resets.
Hi, I sell online and have been using this printer for years now and have had zero issues until yesterday. Its primary use is to print labels from PayPay, eBay, and Amzon. The day before yesterday I was sucessful in printing these labels and then yesterday when I went to print more, I got a “waiting for printer to become available” error. I read older forums from 2013-14 and tried to troubleshoot the issue from those forums, but no luck. The printer will print a test page, so I know it is reading my Mac and can assume its not the USB cable, but it will not print from Keynote, my email or the websites I listed above. I have MacOS Sierra, not El Capitan. What else can I do? 3 REPLIES