Leopard: Still No Print Selection

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Frisco, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    From the screenshots that I have seen it looks like Leopard still doesn't offer a 'Print Selection' option.

    Does anyone else find this ridiculous?
  2. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Please tell me this isn't true? It's such a problem for me both in email and browsers.

    Can anyone confirm this?
  3. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    I have not seen any screenshots relating to print dialogue boxes. Link please?
  4. Michael Smith macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2007
    Not particularly; attempting to format and print an arbitrary selection is quite difficult. I'm also left wondering what you mean by "Leopard doesn't offer" when this would be an application-specific feature.

    If you are just trying to do this with text, use the Application/Services/TextEdit/New Window Containing Selection menu entry. It's a little convoluted, but gives you the opportunity to tweak what you're printing before you commit to it.

    = Mike
  5. AFKMatrix macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Ok I appologise if this isn't what your on about and I am not a Mac expert and im not on me mac so excuse the sketchy description.

    But if you have Firefox on your mac you can certainly do a print selection. Basically when you print and the print window comes up and it says Style, I have a setting called Firefox Selection or something. This will allow me to print whatever I have selected. Now I havn't tried this from word, but it definetly works in Firefox. When I get home I will see if it works in word, if there are any other programs you would like to see if it works on let me know.

    Hope that made sense.
  6. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    If you're in a website, etc. and want to print something off it, currently one can't simply highlight what they want to print, go to print select/selection as in windows. It doesn't exist. Same with Mail.

    So say you get a 5 page document in mail and want to print just a paragraph of it for your records/whatever. You can't! You have to print ALL 5 pages.
    With webpages, say there's a map you need to print off quick. You can't just highlight the map and 'print selection' - you are stuck printing the map and the whole document it's attached to.

    Windows has offered it since I remember. Apple not having this is a big problem. That one thing made me almost return my first Mac. Indeed, I would have never bought it if I had known.
  7. AFKMatrix macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Ok as I said i'm not positive if it would work in word or mail etc but I amm 99% sure I have printed a selection off of a website. But I belive its becuase I have Firefox. When I first started using Tiger just over a year ago not having a print selection option drove me nuts. Until someone pointed out, or I found the Firefox selection thing.

    Anyway when I get home I will have a good look and see if this selection thing works on other programs.
  8. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    I'm in Firefox now and there's no option under 'file' 'print'.

    There IS a way to dump to textedit or other various hoops but it's really not acceptable. Cumbersome.
    Like - I do Ebay right? I get all these notices when I list, sell, etc. and they're quite lengthy. I need a hard copy of these things but just need maybe one paragraph out of the whole 2 page email. Unless a script is written and one is in plain text - only then can one do this.

    It should be a standard. Anyone know if Leopard has this or not?
  9. arilev macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2004
    Oakland, CA
    I switched almost four years ago now and this still drives me nuts. In Windows just about every program I ever used (with the exception of one really old developer abandoned accounting program) offered this feature. I can't believe Safari and Mail can't do it. I've submitted requests to Apple a bunch of times (apple.com/macosx/feedback/) about getting this feature included but I guess it didn't help.

    If Firefox on Mac and Word and Excel on Mac can offer this feature I don't see why Apple's own programs can't. Ideally I'd like to see the feature implemented in such a way that highlighting what you want to print and then clicking print automatically prints only the selection. This would cut out the step of having to choose to print the selection which I often forgot to do when I intended to.
  10. discodave macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2007
    Er, no you don't. You can select which pages to print. So at the most, you would end up with some information on one page that you didn't actually want.
  11. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Yes, this is rediculous! This is an example of how Windows has more "intelegence" than Mac OS X. Sometimes it seems Apple limits such features/functionality just for the sake of simplicity. I wish they would include all these things... and the poeple who want them will have them and the people who don't don't ever have to know they're there. Come on, Apple! Grow UP!
  12. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    MacVault - Please note that the OP's post was from October 2006. Just based on a scant number of screenshots. So perhaps it does have this needed feature and we don't know it.

    I want to hear from those who have Leopard before I get upset.

    Yes, I can tell it to print one page, but that page might be loaded with pics, zillions of words of text, etc. that one doesn't want/need. It's just inefficient and wasteful. Not only will I recycle paper by flipping over printed in my printer, I'll reverse it to reprint on the same page. And yes, I like to save on ink by not printing pics, etc. that I don't need. It's just a standard thing windows has done since back in the day and I feel should be a no-brainer in year 2007 for Mac. :)
  13. AFKMatrix macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Ok I can definetly print from Firefox but thats it, can't do it from word etc.

    Let me know if you want to know how to selection print from Firefox.
  14. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Yes please! I assumed it would be under 'file' 'print'.
  15. applecrag macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2004
    Download the free program "print selection 1.0." This problem bothered me a lot, but this program will add a "print selection" option to your services menu. Hope this helps.
  16. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    But not, evidently, a built-in spell checker.
  17. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    I was just thinking the same thing... YES - this cool built-in spell checking in the Safari 3 beta is SOOO NICE! Oh wait.. but ei no hou 2 sphel olredy. wtf?
  18. AFKMatrix macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Sure np. All i do is when in Firefox go to file and print. On the print window that appears I go to Presets and change this to Firefox. This should then enable some options below this, one of which is print selection only.

    Pitty this option isn't available for any other programs :( but will give that Print Selection 1.0 a go.
  19. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Incredible, all those years of working with Windows I've never noticed that I could do "print selection". Cool... Thanks...

    BTW, it works for Firefox on Windows, Wordpad and Excel, but not for Acrobat or Outlook. Is this a Windows feature or something implemented by each app?
  20. nsbio macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    There was a 3rd party add-on to Panther and Tiger that enabled a service Print Selection. I even had it installed at one point but now I do not have it anymore and I can't remember the name.

    EDIT: Print Selection - 1.0
  21. Michael Smith macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2007
    It's necessarily application-specific, as the app has to work out how to re-layout the selection in order to get something that can be printed.

    The Services menu addon is an interesting thing; I'm guessing that it depends on the app with the selection pushing it to the Pasteboard in a format that Print Selection can lay out and print, which is a neat hack.

    = Mike
  22. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    I see under 'services' for Safari, the print selection 1.0 I just downloaded, but not under FireFox. It seems it doesn't work for Firefox?

    AFKMatrix - I don't have that menu option either under Firefox.

    I like Safari but it doesn't seem to have that "restore" function that Firefox has where you can force quit and later 'restore' all your tabs, etc. Wish Safari had that.
  23. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2004

    In Firefox (Camino too) to Print Selection:
    File>Print...>Under the 'Copies and Pages' pull down menu, select Firefox (if you're on Camino, it will be called Camino)>Check off "Print Selection Only"
  24. TiAdiMundo macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    It seems that in Windows there is a default print dialog, that most of the apps use and that enables you to just print selections. Some apps use their own dialog. Funny: Windows Mail (on Vista) has this feature and the newest Outlook has it not.
  25. meagain macrumors 68030

    Nov 18, 2006
    Steve - I don't see where that is on my iMac OS X 10.4.9. What are you running that you see this?

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