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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows Apps
Have a PDF to print but hate to open Acrobat and wait? Go top System Preferences » Print & Fax, and click Open Print Queue for the printer you want to use. Drag the PDF into the window and it starts to print.

This should work with other files (Word, etc.). Some apps may start up to access their unique data, but for some files, this is a fast way to print and not have to run the app. Desktop printer? We don't need no stinking desktop printer!

[robg adds: A quicker way to do this is to simply drag-and-drop the PDF onto the desired printer in your user's Library -> Printers folder. This will open the queue and start printing directly (assuming the parent app doesn't need to launch to print).]
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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows
Authored by: steve413 on Jun 02, '09 08:08:39AM

An even quicker way is to select the file and then select File->Print.
You can even set a shortcut key via System Preferences->Keyboard & Mouse->Keyboard Shortcuts



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows
Authored by: eagle on Jun 02, '09 08:18:46AM

On a related note, you can move queued print items between printers - simply open the two print queues and drag items from one queue to another.

This can be useful if you have multiple printers set up (e.g., home & work) and accidentally print to your home printer while at the office, or vice versa. Instead of deleting the item and reprinting it, just move it to the correct queue.



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Super fast way above!
Authored by: cycomachead on Jun 02, '09 03:43:46PM

Yes, that is such a useful tool. I work with tons of printers and often forget to select the right one. It makes it very fast to switch printers instead of reprinting and deleting the doc from the first printer, etc.



On a side note, I believe I submitted a hint like above and like this one a few months ago. Oh well, good that it's in the database now!



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows
Authored by: rbsandkam on Jun 02, '09 09:27:42AM

you can also add individual print queue icons to the Dock and use them fro drag and drop printing.



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows
Authored by: MiGrant on Jun 02, '09 10:58:42AM

... or add printer queues to the Finder sidebar or toolbar.



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows_Finder Print Command
Authored by: Tripp on Jun 02, '09 01:38:25PM

I thought the first commenter was clueless, but then I noticed that his was the best (in my opinion) on the page.

The trick is is that the Print command is not at the bottom of the Menu as would be expected. It is near the top.

That is the real Hint here. Especially if you apply a shortcut as he suggests.



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows_Finder Print Command
Authored by: steve413 on Jun 03, '09 08:45:46AM

Thanks for noticing I'm not clueless ;-)
I probably should have made it clearer that this "hint" works directly from the File menu of the Finder itself, rather than have to open the associated application first.



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows_Finder Print Command
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 03, '09 03:36:09PM

No, it was pretty obvious to me you were talking about Finder's File -> Print.



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows_Finder Print Command
Authored by: UberFu on Jun 10, '09 12:37:15PM

The poster was probably not clueless - just didn't know any other quicker methods_ But opening Sys Prefs to select a Printer and open the Queue and then dragging files there is rather cumbersome to have to open Sys Prefs al the time to print_

And from the Finder going thru the File Menu actually opens whatever given default Application is set to open the file and using the Print option thru there_ Also not all of the Apps actually jump to the Print Window after they open_

Anybody have anything quicker than Click >> Drag >> Drop (onto Icon Alias via Desktop or Dock or Sidebar or Titlebar) in the Finder ?


Slowest to Fastest

Menus >> context-Menus >> Drag and Drop >> Keyboard Commands



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows
Authored by: rayzor on Jun 02, '09 03:47:05PM

Even better, grab the printer icon from the Users > Library > Printers folder and place it either in the sidebar or toolbar section of the Finder window. Now all you do is drag your document over the printer icon to print.



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Drag and drop files directly to print queue windows
Authored by: ianeiloart on Jun 03, '09 01:42:42AM

Hmm...

Set Preview as your default PDF reader. It's much faster, and has a pretty good feature set.

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Ian Eiloart



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