I am enjoying the new features in MacOS Mojave. One feature I have started using more and more is Quick Actions. They do not take the place of detailed markup or editing, but for a quick interaction with a document, they are really handy. But, did you know you can add actions to the Quick Actions menu using the Automator App? Check out how this is done.
When you select a document in the Mojave Finder the available Quick Actions for that type of document appear just below the Preview window:
You click on the Quick Action you want to use.
While working with Quick Actions I decided I wanted to add a “Print” command. You can do that using the Automator App which comes installed with the macOS.
Automator Quick Action
I am by no means adept at using Automator. I do some basic things with the App which can be handy, but I am not a script writing type of guy. When you first open Automator you get this window:
The Mojave version of Automator comes with the choice of Quick Action. Just choose that and you will be taken to the scripting window:
You have to play around with the drop downs to get all the settings correct. Once I had this setup, I just saved the Quick Action. Automator had me name it and then saved it to the Extensions Pref Pane in the System Preferences:
Now when I select an item in the macOS Finder, the Quick Actions menu includes my “Print” Action:
If I click on the “Print Action” the system will print that item to the Default Printer. I have tested this out a few times and it works great, I really like it.
This is not exactly complicated, but it may prove useful to you. If you do not want the “Print” command as a Quick Action, you can substitute another function. You just have to play around in the Automator App to see what it can do, which is plenty by the way.