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How printing options in Photos for macOS work



Quick! First answer that pops into your head: When you press a Print button, what do you think will happen next?

It will print, right? Sure, but not when using Photos for macOS. Printing in that app is a two-step operation that lacks a known signal in the first step of the sequence that follows.

When selecting an image or images and selecting File> Print the Photos dialog box appears with only a few options. You can choose the printer, paper size, and print layout for prefabrication. For some layout options, such as Contact Sheets and Custom, several options appear at the bottom.

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The first print dialog box appears to print the image when you click Print. Not so!

But then there's the Print button in the lower right corner. If you click on it, will it surely touch the picture or pictures?

Actually no: Click Print and the macOS Print dialog box appears so you can make further adjustments, including settings customized for the printer.

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The final print dialog provides known output options.

Apple's usual convention to show that more options will appear is to put an ellipse (…) after the button name. If it says "Print …", you would know it was another step before the photos came out on paper. Or, the installation details may have been entered in File> Page Setup but this option has disappeared from many apps.

This Mac 911 article answers a question sent by Macworld reader Amir.

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