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HT3771 Printing with CMD-P in OS X 10.8.2

379 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2013 5:10 AM by CT RSS
dso371 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 19, 2012 6:43 AM

Hi, when I use cmd-p in Finder to print a document, it doesn't print using my last preset printing preferences (inc. double-sided).


If I open the doc in Word and print, it's fine. But the cmd-p shortcut only prints the default settings, not my preset settings, which include double-sided printing. Can anyone tell me, please, how to make cmd-p work with my printing presets?


Many thanks,


MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • jameshcoolness Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:10 AM (in response to dso371)

    Hi David,

    I am having this same problem.  Did you find a solution?



  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:22 AM (in response to jameshcoolness)

    There's no Command-P in Finder unless you select a document. When you do select a Word document, for example, you should be 'switched' to Word and the Print dialog box.



  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (14,955 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 5:10 AM (in response to dso371)

    I think you can see the scope and limitations of command-p from the finder in these articles.


    Quickly Print Files From Finder | Mac Tricks And Tips


    Quickly print files from within the Finder | Macworld


    Also, from Mac Help there is this:


    Print a document without opening it



    In the Finder, you can print a document without first opening the app that created it.


    HidePrint a closed document#

    In the Finder, select the document’s icon and choose File > Print.

    The app in which you created the document opens and your document prints, using your default printer and preset printing options.

    To use a printer or options other than the default, you must open the document before printing it, or drag it to the destination printer’s icon in the Dock.


    HidePrint a document by dragging#

    If you’ve created a desktop icon for a printer, you can print documents by dragging them to the icon. To create a desktop icon, see this help topic:

    Create a desktop icon for a printer

    • To print a document with the default printer and options, drag the document’s icon to the printer’s icon.
    • To change print options before the document prints, hold down the Option key as you drag the document’s icon to the printer’s icon.

    Documents in common formats, such as PDF, PostScript, JPEG, GIF, and text, are printed immediately. Other types of documents open in their apps and are then printed.



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