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Mac Keyboard Shortcut: Print Directly from the Finder

15 January 2014 4,437 views No Comment

It is just one this Mac keyboard shortcut away — select the document in the Finder, press Command + Print and your Mac will handle the rest.

If you can located the file you want to print in the Finder (i.e. on the Desktop, in a folder or wherever) chances are you can print it right now. And, it is just one this Mac keyboard shortcut away — select the document and press Command + Print (File > Print) and your Mac will handle the rest.

The file will open briefly in the appropriate app — pdf in Preview, .pages in Pages, etc — the app will quit and the file will be sent automagically to your printer. One, two, three and done.

Honestly, I was waiting for something more dramatic to happen and then saw the print monitor icon jump in the Dock. A seconds later a pdf was printing.

Printing from the finder works in all of the apps I tried — Preview, Pages, Keynote, Numbers and Acorn — sorry, only have a few third-party apps. However, other folks report Command + P in the Finder works with Photoshop, Office and other common apps.

Another cool thing about this Mac keyboard shortcut is that it’s the same Mac keyboard shortcut you need to use in any app.

And, yes, one of the most remarkable yet unremarked features in OS X Mavericks is the ability to print actual kittens. But, be forewarned, you will need a lot of ink and you don’t want to be running out to the store for more with a half-printed kitten, not pretty.

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