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10.4: Print directly from the Finder Desktop
Tiger only hintI can't remember seeing this before Mac OS X.4.3, so I think it's a new feature ... if you click on a document in the Finder, you can now choose Print from the file menu. You can also control-click on it, then choose Print from the contextual menu.

I have tested it out with a few document types. Images that open in Preview print, TextEdit documents print, but Pages documents do not.

[robg adds: I just noticed this myself, and in my testing, I found its operation to be so strange that I almost consider it a bug, not a feature! What happens seems to vary depending on the type of document you choose, as well as the state of the application which created the document.

For instance, if Pages is not running and I use File: Print on a Pages file, then that document opens in Pages, but does not print. If Pages is already running, however, the document opens and prints immediately (no OK button, it just goes).

With a Word document, if Word is not running, then Word launches and opens a new blank document, but not the one I told it to print. If Word is running, then the proper document opens and the Print dialog box appears. But this isn't common to all Office 2004 apps -- Excel documents will open and display the Print dialog, regardless of the state of the application.

PDF files printed from the Finder seem to work, but there's no print dialog; you tell the file to print, and then your default printer just starts churning out pages -- this is probably why Apple didn't map Command-P to the Print menu item. Overall, its behavior is somewhat strange...]
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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: webgodjj on Nov 28, '05 08:41:40AM

Now if Apple would put back into the system, the ability to print a window's contents...



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: jump420 on Nov 28, '05 09:01:38AM

here! here! bring back the Print file contents feature! i miss that the most. Especially for my CD Jackets.



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CD jackets
Authored by: sjk on Nov 29, '05 01:03:41PM

Why not use iTunes for printing CD/DVD jackets?



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DATA CD jackets
Authored by: cane on Dec 13, '05 04:36:29AM

Because not all CDs are Music CDs

I used to always have printouts of the CD-window on the cover, so you know immediatly what files/folders are on that CD.



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: seamus on Nov 28, '05 09:20:31AM

You can always use "Print Window": http://www.swssoftware.com/
Its not as convenient, but it works pretty well.

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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: MacEase on Nov 28, '05 09:55:41AM

Print It! lets you instantly selectively print Finder windows and/or anything else you see in the Finder (or in any app). A free demo is available at:
http://www.MacEase.com



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: sapridyne on Nov 28, '05 04:18:02PM

Create a desktop printer. Drag a folder to it. Create as PDF. Viola!

Also works if you copy the Desktop printer to the sidebar -- nice shortcut.

-Sapridyne.



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: jump420 on Nov 29, '05 08:11:57AM

nice tip. thanks



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: Jai Gill on Nov 30, '05 01:28:22AM

Is there something like this desktop printer equivalent to permit a 'print to pdf'?



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submit this as a hint
Authored by: SeanAhern on Dec 01, '05 09:41:54AM

That's worth a full-fledged macosxhints hint on the front page.



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: dan8750 on Dec 04, '08 03:54:31PM

Sounds very useful. Haven't tried it of yet as i have to install bonjour to the windows pc's downstairs. Also the so called 'Mac Friendly' drivers for the Epson Stylus D92 do not work accordingly somewhat.



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Has existed for 20 years
Authored by: karnat10 on Nov 28, '05 08:42:12AM

Maybe I did not understand this hint correctly, but the ability to print documents directly from the finder has been there as long as I can remember (since System 7 for sure, maybe even earlier).

The observations of the poster suggest that today's applications do not implement this feature very carefully though.

I've always thought it wasn't very useful because you have to open the application anyway.



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Yep, it was good, and Apple broke it in 10.0...
Authored by: PopMcGee on Nov 28, '05 09:20:00AM

...and now it's trying to add it back, but obviously the behaviour is so diverse that there is still a lot of programming to be done.



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: flyermoney on Nov 28, '05 10:28:55AM

There is a simple workaround for printing finder window lists, this method has been around since the beginning (I think) of Mac OS X:

1) Locate your installed printer(s) in ~/Library/Printers
2) Drag the printer icon(s) to the Dock
3) Drag a folder icon to the newly created printer Dock item
4) Customise the print options to your taste and click the Print button

Alternatively, you can:

2) Create an alias of the printer on the desktop (Desktop Printers, anyone?)
3) Drag a folder icon to the newly created printer alias on the desktop

Granted, the output will be but a dry alphabetical list of the files and folders contained within the printed folder, with file size and modification date columns, but it's better than nothing.

One annoying shortcoming: very long filenames will overlap the other columns, but hey, it's free and easy.

Hope this helps.



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: Thermaikos on Sep 14, '07 01:09:42PM

I loved that! But...

I would like to print the comments for every file in a folder also!

Generally, I would like to print all the columns in the list view. is that possible? (even in Terminal)

thanx in advance



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: Thermaikos on Sep 14, '07 01:57:59PM

I loved that! But...

I would like to print the comments for every file in a folder also!

Generally, I would like to print all the columns in the list view. is that possible? (even in Terminal)

thanx in advance



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: roncross@cox.net on Nov 28, '05 11:27:52AM

Don't forget the script that I wrote that will allow you to print multiple documents from the Finder or Desktop without opening the file.

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050410164636852&query=print+multiple+desktop+applescript

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rlc



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: sap.1 on Nov 28, '05 03:55:51PM

I tried this hint, but I still find it easier to just drag the document (jpeg in this case) and drop it on the printer icon in the Dock. When I right-click and choose Print, it prints at the wrong resolution. Plus, I have to quit Preview when it's done printing. Dragging the jpeg to the printer prints at the correct resolution with no messy cleanup. (I have not tried Word documents yet.)



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: billclinton on Nov 29, '05 01:31:11AM

I know that some of you weren't born in 1984 when this feature first appeared, but GEEZ, guys. Seriously, it was in System 1.0 which ran on an 8 MHz clock, in 128 KB of RAM, a 400 KB floppy, and no hard disk. I wrote a lot of FORTRAN and Pascal programs on that system--both had very nice GUI IDEs with source-level debuggers. And it was freakin' uphill both ways.



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: creid75 on Nov 29, '05 07:20:48AM

I agree, this feature has been around forever. Well forever for me means back to System 6 when I started on a Mac. :)



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10.4: Print directly from the Finder
Authored by: adrianm on Nov 29, '05 09:02:40AM
I think the "hint" part of this is that the Finder has [re]sprouted the Print menu.

It sounds like it's not the same as dropping documents on a desktop printer though, as that will print a document if the type is known (pdf,ps,text,jpg, etc) without opening an application.

Using the menu seems to invoke the appropriate application.

I've not tried but you can probably print stuff from commandline with lpr.

All thanks to CUPS, I suspect.

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