How do I print a directory of .pdf files in WinXP?
January 17, 2007 12:01 PM   Subscribe

I'm using XP and I have a directory of dozens of short .pdf files. How do i print them all on a specified printer without laboriously opening up each file? (I have an inkjet printer and a laser hooked up, but I only want it to go to the laser).
posted by storybored to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
Can you select all of them, right click, and choose print?
posted by Roger Dodger at 12:06 PM on January 17, 2007

Control-A to select all of the files in the folder, then right-click, and select 'Print' -- it will open and print each one automagically, with your default print settings.

More methods here.
posted by wonderwisdom at 12:08 PM on January 17, 2007

Oh yeah, and to make sure they go to the laser, set it as your default printer from 'Start --> Printers and Faxes'
posted by wonderwisdom at 12:10 PM on January 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thank's Roger and Wondervision!

Re: setting the default printer - when I click on the Start menu - I don't see a "printers and Faxes" option. I can go to the control panel and bring "printers and faxes" up, but i can't see where the default printer is set?
posted by storybored at 12:19 PM on January 17, 2007

Response by poster: Ooops I found it. I have to right click on the printer!
posted by storybored at 12:20 PM on January 17, 2007

Response by poster: Uh-oh, the ctl-A and right click isn't working. It prompts me saying that printing the files may slow my system down. But then it just sits there. The printer's queues (both of them) remain empty.
posted by storybored at 12:29 PM on January 17, 2007

Give it time, man. It's trying to print them all at the same time!
posted by philomathoholic at 12:35 PM on January 17, 2007

If you have Photoshop or Illustrator, you might be able to create an Action that prints, then do a batch operation.
posted by unformatt at 1:23 PM on January 17, 2007

Best answer: I do this at work with PrintConductor instead. It's free and it keeps things from choking since it doesn't try to do everything at once. It was a download of the day on Lifehacker, so you can be sure it's free of spyware, etc.
posted by bcwinters at 1:24 PM on January 17, 2007

PrintConductor does AutoDesk .dwg and .dwf files? So hot! Thanks!
posted by koeselitz at 1:39 PM on January 17, 2007

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