If you’re familiar with Windows, you know you can print a document from the desktop simply by right-clicking on it and choosing the print document option. If I recall, we had that option on the Mac back in OS9 and earlier. While we have Desktop printers, I don’t care for having more icons sitting on my Desktop. I also don’t care to have them in my Dock, so the drag & drop method is out too. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to get OSX to have a Print Document option in the contextual menus just a right-click away. All you need is Automator and 2 minutes of time:
- Open Automator from your apps folder.
- If a menu pops up asking what you want to do, select Custom.
- In the Actions list on the far left, click Utilities.
- In the list just to the right of that, double-click Print Finder Items.
- The Print Finder Items box will pop-up on the far right of the Automator window.
- Choose the printer you want to set up to print from the drop-down menu. Don’t worry about those tags underneath the drop-down menu.
- Go to the File menu and select Save As Plugin…
- Give it a name (probably something like “print to XYZ printer”, or something like that). Choose Finder from the drop-down menu.
- That’s it. Now all you have to do is right click on a file in the Finder, scroll down to More>Automator>”name of your printer command”. The file will print.
- There is no #10, but I like even numbers. If you really want a #10, you could repeat the process for each printer you have, or choose the PDF Printer driver from the list (if you have Acrobat Pro installed) to have a file converted to PDF without opening it, hitting print, and clicking the PDF button in the print dialog box.
I wish there was a way to have the Print option show up at the top level of the Finder’s contextual menu, but I haven’t figured out a way to do it. Still, it’s a much nicer solution than having icons for all your printers scattered on your desktop.