How to delete a printer definition

Nils Kassube kassube at
Sat Jun 4 05:36:09 UTC 2016

Bob wrote:
> On Ubuntu 15.10 I can not delete a printer definition.  Using System
> Settings -> Printers if I right click on a printer icon and click
> Delete sometimes the printer icon will disappear for a second or two
> and then reappear but most of the time the icon just flickers.
> Searching for the problem I found one problem from several years ago
> that said I needed to click the "unlock" button on the System
> Settings -> Printers window which I can not find.  Another one said I
> had to be a member of the lpadmin group which I am.
> Any ideas on how to permanently delete a printer difinition?

Go to the CUPS page at <http://localhost:631/printers/> and click on the 
name of the printer to remove. At the new page there are two drop down 
menues. Click the one which reads "Administration" and select "delete 
printer" (or something similar - mine is talking German an I don't know 
the phrase used in the English version). Then you will have to enter 
your credentials, i.e. your user name (the one which is also in the 
lpadmin group) and the password for your account.


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