How to print an attachment, must be a way...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TinyDee, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. TinyDee macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2010
    My wife sent me an attachment in a letter and asked me to print it, I can get it up by using the "quick look" but no other way and then there is no way to print it. This seems so simple but has me in a real dither trying to figure it out. If I just hit print on the file it prints the email info only,not the attachment. Help!
  2. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Why not double click it to open it properly?
  3. TinyDee thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2010
    Tried that first and double click does not open it. The only way I have been able to get it open is to use the "quick look" and I would be the first to agree if it just worked. It does not...
  4. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    What format is it?

    Copy+paste it into Word/Pages?

    Print screen it and print that?
  5. TinyDee thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2010
    Tried copy/paste but got nowhere. This one is beating me badly...
  6. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
    When viewing the email, you should be able to double click the attachment to open it in its native application and print the attachment separately from the email.

    If that doesn't work, use the Save button at the top right of the email and save the attachment somewhere, then open it from the saved location and print in the application you're using to view the file.
  7. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    You could always hit command-shift 4 while viewing it and capture it and then export the file as PDF but you might have to break it up into sections.
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Save it to your disk and then open it/print it.
  9. Snowy_River macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    Method 1

    Drag it to the desktop. Double click it.

    Method 2

    "Right-click" it in the email. Choose "Open With" and select an appropriate app.

    Also, you were asked what format the file is, and you haven't answered. I'm going to ask an even deeper question. Do you have an app that can open whatever format the file is? For example, if the file is a .DOC file, do you have Word, or Pages, or another word processor? Or, if the file is a .XLS file, do you have Excel or Numbers, or another spreadsheet app?

    Quicklook can show you the contents of a file, such as a .XLS, even if you don't have an app for it. So, if you don't have an appropriate app, you'll have to fall back on taking a screenshot of your Quicklook view and then printing the screenshot.

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