Printing Finder Windows in OS X

January 14, 2004 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

No version of OS X to date has included the ability to print the contents of a Finder window as we had in OS 9. I have no idea why this is apparently such a tough nut for the wizard programmers at Apple.

Many workarounds abound, but none achieve the simplicity of making a window active, pressing Command-P, and getting a printout of the entire contents of the window, including what was hidden in the scroll bars, and including all the columns (date, size, etc.).

Until this little gem I just learned about:
Print Window v2.1

SearchWareSolution's little app is quick to download, simple to install (just drag it to your Applications folder and double-click it), and is easy on the pocketbook. It's donationware — if you feel like supporting them, send them "$5 or $10".

Once it's running, you can press Command-P in the Finder to print a window, same as in OS 9. But the Print Window program also lets you optionally expand all the window's folders (in the printout only, very cool) to the number of levels you specify, and to turn headers or icons on or off. There are lots of other features, be sure to read the Read Me that comes with it.

The page says it requires Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher, but I'm not sure if it works in Panther or not. It works great in Jaguar, though!


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