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Opening a printer proxy from the Print dialog Printers
I've had a number of PDF documents to print all at once with standard printer settings. I know that I can drag and drop them on to the printer proxy which then prints them out on the printer without opening the Print dialog each time.

As I usually don't have the printer proxies in my dock or on my Desktop and rarely in the Recent Applications Dock item, I typically opened and printed at least one of the PDF documents from Preview or Acrobat Reader to open the desired printer proxy.

It turned out that it is actually not necessary to print a document.

If you you already have opened an arbitrary application which supports printing and has an open document (e.g. a web browser) open the Print dialog there.

From within the print dialog hold down the Command and Option keys while selecting your desired printer from the popup button. The printer proxy of the selected printer opens immediately.

I don't know if this behavior is supported for Systems prior to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and for 10.7 Lion.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described, in 10.7.2.]
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Opening a printer proxy from the Print dialog
Authored by: emale on Dec 08, '11 07:52:34AM

Also works with 10.6 :-)



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Re: Opening a printer proxy from the Print dialog
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Dec 08, '11 01:50:14PM

It also works in 10.5.8.

It does not work in 10.3.9, but I don't have 10.4.x, so I can't tell you whether it was introduced in 10.4 or not until 10.5 ;-)



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Opening a printer proxy from the Print dialog
Authored by: lowbatteries on Dec 08, '11 09:13:32AM

A quicker way is to use Spotlight to search for your printer by name. I type in "Canon" and immediately get "Canon MX860.app".

This seems to work for scanners as well.



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Opening a printer proxy from the Print dialog
Authored by: stottm on Dec 08, '11 11:47:15AM

Just add the printer to the Dock if need to drag and drop files frequently. Get the printer to appear and then drag it along the dock and it will stay there when you close the printer window.



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re: Opening a printer proxy from the Print dialog
Authored by: John Frum on Dec 08, '11 07:43:35PM

Or just right-click on the icon in the dock and select Options Keep in Dock.



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