How to fix the heck out of your Brother Control Center in OS X!

If you have (or use) a Brother printer, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about.

EVERY time you restart your computer, you get the obnoxious control center which wants to run an install (on a printer you probably don’t have connected) and takes a minimum of 2 (3 in my case) clicks to dismiss, and it’s slow to boot!

Then you remember, click on the system icon, go to preferences, uncheck display at start up, hit ok, and you’re done.

Then you reboot again and BAM! There’s Brother right back in your face with the obnoxious control center again.

You angrily click through to close it out, go BACK to preferences, UNcheck the startup option, and hit Ok. Now, because you’re NOT crazy, it’s time to make sure it saved what you did. You go BACK to preferences again AND IT IS STILL CHECKED!

Come ON!

But let me share a secret with you.

Let me save your sanity!

Open up a terminal, and type the following:

mkdir ~/Library/Preferences/Brother/

Now, go back, one last time, into Preferences, and uncheck on startup, and press Ok.

Ok, fine, you can go check it again, but look! It’s listened to you!

You’re welcome!


  1. Steven

    You are a god among men. thank you


  2. Phil Holcombe

    RE removing Brother Control Panel from Startup.
    I am using WIN 8.1
    Windows says it cannot find mkdir ~/Library/Preferences/Brother
    Pleas advise


    • Jacob Mather

      Sorry Phil, this is for OS X — no idea on Windows, but if I had to guess, it’s a similar issue in your Application Data folder, but I don’t remember what it’s called under your user directory.


  3. Tim

    Thank you beyond words, I have been trying on and off for months to remove this. Brother won’t be getting any more business from me in this lifetime…. Really really appreciate the post.


    • Jacob Mather

      It drove me crazy forever as well! 🙂


  4. Loren

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Much appreciated! Worked like a charm.


  5. steve

    Open up what ‘terminal’? What on earth are you talking about?


    • Jacob Mather

      Search for it in Spotlight, you’ll find it. 🙂


  6. Michael Adams

    Thank You!


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