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Print after Shutdown without Logging in Printers
Often I send a document to the print queue before I have access or am connected to a printer, so I can close it and be done with it. However, sometimes I forget to print and then shutdown without printing. This is quite obviously a pain as you have to start up again, log back in, and open the print queue.

And so it would turn out Mac OS X (10.6) has got our backs here. If you shutdown your computer with an item still in the print queue, and then connect your printer (I've only tried this via USB so wireless may or may not work), then startup your computer again, at the login screen, before even logging in or doing anything, your document will print automatically.

[crarko adds: I think I've done this with networked printers as well, maybe ethernet only. As long the printer becomes available before the queue times out, things will behave normally.]
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Print after Shutdown without Logging in
Authored by: gabester on Nov 07, '11 08:43:39AM

I've had the experience of having it print again, and again, and again, for the same job, if there was an issue that prevented it from completing the first time (for example, if the printer ran out of ink or paper) and I didn't notice this before restarting the Mac.

So I'm not sure if it's a feature or a bug.
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Print after Shutdown without Logging in
Authored by: designr on Nov 07, '11 11:41:09AM

This has been the normal behavior since the OS 8.6 days, maybe before. With OS X, since CUPS is system process, any queued print jobs resume before any user is logged in.



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