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There's a very nice Services add-in called Print Selection from Robert Chin. Unfortunately, its menu item (from the Services submenu) isn't available from within FireFox (or most other Carbon applications). And there doesn't seem to be a 'Print Selection' extension yet for Firefox, either.

The solution is quite simple. Open the top-level /Library/Services menu, and drag the PrintSelection.services application to your Dock. Now simply select some text in Firefox (or any other non-services-aware application), and drag it to the icon in the Dock. Works like a charm.

[robg adds: I tested this and it worked as described.]
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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: DougAdams on Dec 06, '05 07:25:23AM

I appreciate finding out about the PrintSelection Service more than I do the drag-to-Dock hint! Thanks!

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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: chameleon on Aug 11, '07 02:07:25PM

I tried the suggestion by Robert Chin -- go to toplevel /Library/Services. The problem is - I can't find Services under Library!?! Am I looking in the right place -under the Macintosh HD? I can find Services in Firefox, but under TextEdit, the rest of the menu are greyed out. And so is the Print Selected Text Only within the Print menu. Any suggestion?



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Firefox has print selection built in.
Authored by: mittrawnuruodo on Dec 06, '05 07:49:22AM

Nice find, but Firefox already have a "print selection only". It's available from the Firefox section of the Print window.



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Firefox has print selection built in.
Authored by: barryjaylevine on Dec 06, '05 12:16:01PM

Thanks for your "counter-hint" ;-)

Can this be set up as a keystroke without the multiple dialogs and so many mouse movements? That would be a very helpful hint.

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Firefox has print selection built in.
Authored by: Stecchino on Dec 06, '05 08:03:06PM

Thanks! This is better than the original hint for me, some one who doesn't like to install anything unless necessary.



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Firefox has print selection built in.
Authored by: winng on Dec 10, '05 08:29:29PM

Print Selection is grayed out in my dialog box. I'm using Firefox 1.5 with Mac OS 10.3.9. Any suggestions?



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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: physics on Dec 06, '05 11:32:35AM

Please note that there are two Print Selection services
1. Print Selection Service 1.0 by Schubert|it
<http://www.schubert-it.com/download/>
2. Print Selection 1.0 by Robert Chin
<http://www.osiris.laya.com/>

I found out that I have both installed on my system, however only one appears in my services menu. Anyone knows how to find out out which one?



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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: zo219 on Dec 08, '05 02:15:39AM

Spotlight search? Open your hard disk folder and look in the Services Folder in both your User Library and the main Library Folder? Use the free and wonderful EasyFind from DEVONtechnology?Use Locate, also free? I recommend getting acquainted with one's folder structure/directories. Set the view to Columns and learn what's where. It's often the easiest way to accomplish things. Most users will want to stay out of System, and you are allowed to go in Library just this once <gr>. If y ou're nervous about the wreckage left behind, Repair Permissions afterward, but trust me, especially in your own directory, you can peek at anything you want.



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wreckage, huh?
Authored by: sjk on Dec 08, '05 11:26:06AM
What "wreckage"? Viewing files/folders doesn't change their permissions!

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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: sjk on Dec 08, '05 11:50:11AM

To answer your question (sort of), physics:

• Open the /Library/Services folder
• Print Selection.service is the Schubert version
• PrintSelection.services is the Chin version
• Delete the one you don't want to use
• Logout/login to rebuild Services menus

By checking the menu entry after doing that you'd be able to tell which one was active when you had both installed unless their menu entries look identical. If you don't like they version that's installed just delete it and install the other.

I don't have any recommendation since I haven't used either but the Schubert version has a cleaner installer package (e.g. installs directly into /Library/Services).



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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: asmeurer on Dec 08, '05 06:34:32PM

Woah! Does this work with any service? If so, then the applications are endless, especially with Word.



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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: Tmac48 on Oct 27, '07 05:10:26PM

I have been trying to find a way to print selected text since I first changed to the Mac two years ago. It has been incredibly frustrating. The combination of discovering Mr. Chin's "Print Selection" and baryjaylevine's "hint" has made this a very successful browsing day.
Thank you.
TDM



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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: asrermd on Nov 03, '07 06:45:17AM

IT appears to no longer work in Leopard.



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Print selected text from any application
Authored by: ken22 on Feb 17, '08 12:28:08PM

But PrintSelection Service 1.0 by schubert does work in Leopard.



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