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10.6: Create a Print File Service System 10.6
Here's how to create your own Print File service, so you can easily print the selected file. Open Automator and choose Service from the initial dialog. In the search box on the left, search for Print Finder Items, then drag that action into the right-hand frame.

At the top of the right-hand frame, set the first drop-down to files or folders, then save your Service as Print File (or whatever you want to call it). You can now print by selecting a file and choosing Service » Print File, and you can optionally assign a keyboard shortcut using the Keyboard Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard System Preferences panel.

You can also download the finished Service, if you prefer.

[robg adds: I'd suggest setting the second drop-down menu to Finder, as that's where it makes sense to be selecting files for printing. I tested this (by building it myself, not by using the downloaded file), and it works -- note, though, that the file will print immediately, without any confirmation or settings panel, nor with any ability to select which printer will be used.]
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10.6: Create a Print File Service
Authored by: Superdog on Oct 19, '09 08:21:08AM

Sorry, can't download the finished service.

Please re-upload

Thanks



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10.6: Create a Print File Service
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 19, '09 09:01:17AM

There is already a Print menu item in the Finder's File menu that seems to do the exact same thing. They both print immediately, but it would be nice if the service showed the print dialog so I could choose the printer and some options first. Then it would be useful and not duplicating an already existing feature.



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10.6: Create a Print File Service
Authored by: montylee on Oct 19, '09 09:10:37AM

Download doesn't work.



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10.6: Create a Print File Service
Authored by: ars on Oct 19, '09 09:55:54AM

As others already noted, this duplicates the normal Print command from the Finder. What currently is missing is a service which prints selected text. Prior to Snow Leopard this existed as a service, but that service does not work anymore.



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10.6: Create a Print File Service
Authored by: Nosrac on Oct 19, '09 02:27:44PM
Here is a re uploading file: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/3188/Print%20File.zip

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10.6: Create a Print File Service
Authored by: gopes on Oct 19, '09 08:44:54PM
robg:
I'd suggest setting the second drop-down menu to Finder, as that's where it makes sense to be selecting files for printing. I tested this (by building it myself, not by using the downloaded file), and it works -- note, though, that the file will print immediately, without any confirmation or settings panel, nor with any ability to select which printer will be used.

You can at least choose the printer by clicking the "Show Action When Run" checkbox that appears when you press the "it's not a button unless you hover over it" thing labeled Option.



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