When I'm researching something on the web or doing a project, I often want to gather up everything I want to print and then send it to the printer as a at the end so I'm not distracted from the task at hand.
Almost all print dialogs have a Print To File option so that I can put all the printed output on disk - say in an empty directory that will serve as a manual print queue.
I haven't tried it recently, but in the past, once I printed a file to disk, I couldn't figure out how to send it to the printer. How do I do that?
Is there a way to review the printed output file on the screen?
(All of this works dandy in Linux, but when I'm in Windows 98 or XP, I don't know how to do it.)
I could print to PDF from some applications, but that isn't really what I'm looking for. I'd have to load each file into a PDF viewer and the go through all the print dialogs all over again.
I could just disconnect the printer or set it to offline somehow, but that's not what I want to do either.
I especially like being able to look things over and change my mind about what to print. Lots of times, I forget to select Print Selection and need to catch it before I print 10 pages instead of one paragraph and sometimes I can see that that a print job is 50 pages long and I really need to think twice before I print it.