There was a time in the past when printing the contents of a folder was easy on the Mac. Then, along came the 21st century, Mac OS X, and Finder folder printing was declared persona non grata at Apple.
The Finder Nazi’s were crystal clear. “No more Finder folder printing for you!” If you think about it, what’s so hard about printing out a list of a folder’s contents right from the Finder? Apple thinks it’s not important but Mac users know better. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Print Windows With PrintWindow
Folders have files. Files have names, icons, and much more. There are times when all you want is a paper version of what’s inside a folder of files.
OS X can’t deliver a printed Finder window of files but PrintWindow can. This is about as easy as it gets.
PrintWindow works with the Mac’s Finder and creates a file listing of the folder’s contents.
Use the app from the built-in contextual menu item, from the Dock, or simply with a keyboard shortcut to select and print a folder’s contents.
Setup and configuration is straightforward and options are nominal but exactly what you’d expect.
Select the folder of files you want to print and press Command-P. PrintWindow pops up with printer options.
Or, use the contextual menu plugin for the Finder and right-click to print a list of the contents from a selected folder.
You can also drag and drop a folder of files onto the PrintWindow Dock icon.
The options allow you to print both the folder’s contents as a list, as well as subfolders within a folder, down to as many levels as you need.
PrintWindows gives you options to print select information, including Name, Kind, Size, Version, Date Created and Modified, Label, and Comments (standard Finder details).
If you need it, the app even prints the file icons. Selecting subfolders is easy, too, by using the built-in graphic folder and file listing in PrintWindow.
Apple may not think it important to print folder contents in OS X, but Mac users know better.