Delayed printing


Despite my recent rants, I’m not anti-Apple or OS X. Even with the problems I face every day, there are still items that make me smile every time I use them.

I get up early. Most days around 4am, sometimes as early as 1am. One of the problems with getting up early is that there is a limit to how much noise you can make before you start to wake up your friends, family, or in my case, my wife.

One of the noisy things I have to do sometimes is print something out. Letters, articles for editing etc. Doesn’t matter. Even a single sheet can be a noisy process. I don’t always need the printout right away, but I might want to queue it up so that I can pick it up later to post it, read it whatever.

I could just switch the printer off, or put the printer queue on hold.

But it’s much easier to use the Scheduler functionality when you go to print the document. This delays the printing until a set time. You can even set a priority for the printouts if multiple documents are set to print at the same time. It’s easy to use, just switch to the Scheduler tab when you select Print:

Print scheduling

Set a time (or set the printout to automatically be put on hold), click Print and let your computer do the rest.

Just don’t forget your printout when it finally does appear!

Although I haven’t tried it for this prupose, I guess you could use it as complex message system. Send a birthday card or similar to the printer with a delay and go out. Then your wife, partner or whatever would get a surprise printout.



Hey thanks for the hint.

Can I bug you guys if anyone’s figured out the Microsoft/Apple issue of printing more than one page on a Windows XP shared nework printer?

Done everything other “official” sites say, reinstall printer/update driver, even tried Linux method of smb:// of logging in and printing.

The second page plus is just garbage with symbols, usually indicating a driver issue.

Brother HL-1440 printer shared on Windows XP.

Plus Apple won’t keep the password in the keychain, I suspect that might be part of the issue?


Martin MC Brown

Chris: You’re right; your machine needs to be plugged in and connected to the printer for this to work properly. The printer doesn’t store the job and then print it later; it’s all an OS X driven thing.

You can also only specify a time within the next 24 hours. So delays of days or more wouldn’t work. Although it’s a nice idea :)

Chris Holland

oh whoa this is wild. But the computer must be plugged to the printer/network for the scheduled task to execute, right? In other words, the scheduling functionality is not some protocol that’s supported by most printers. I can’t just tell my laptop “print this in 2 days”, then leave on a one-week business trip, and find the thing printed when i come back … or can i?

thanks for another fine post Martin :D

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