OS X: Quick Print from Finder

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Despite the promise long ago of the paperless office, we still need to print documents from our Macs at times. The usual launch an app to print a document routine works fine for that, but you can save a little time by printing your files directly from the Finder.

You can print documents from the Finder after selecting themYou can print documents from the Finder after selecting them

Printing a document without first launching the app that created it is easy. Just select the document and use the Command-P keyboard shortcut (or go the the File menu and choose Print). The default app for the file's format will launch, and in most cases will send the document to your default printer without any interaction.

Applications that expect more user input before printing, like professional design apps, will wait for you to configure your print settings before putting ink on paper. It adds back in an extra step, but for file formats that default to Preview, it's as simple as select-and-print.

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That’s worked for years on a Mac, but it prints according to your last/default print setting. so beware, you may not get what you want, and will then have to open the document after all.


I keep a shortcut icon to my printer in the Dock and drag and drop to that.

Go to Sys Prefs > Printers and “Open Print Queue” for the desired printer then place it in the Dock. 

Useful when you have multiple printers for e.g. photos, labels, general printing and routes accordingly.  HTH

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