Mac Goodness: Web Receipts

AppleLogoSM.jpgI’m starting a new category of blog articles specifically to track really interestingly cool things that I’ve stumbled upon or learned about the Mac and OS X. These article will probably be really short and maybe old hat for Mac veterans. However, I think these articles help relay some of the Mac experience and it’s intuitiveness to non-Mac or new Mac owners. I hope you like the articles and will leave some comments on what features you like.

The first of these articles will be Web Receipts. This is a feature that sort of hidden from normal use. Once you understand what it is – you won’t be able to stop using it.

I don’t know how far back this feature goes, but I’ve started using this feature in the last week or so with Leopard 10.5.6. As we all know that OS X allows us to send print jobs to printers or export the print job to a PDF file. To print a PDF, simply click on the PDF option in any Print dialog box:

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However, if you look at the number of different options in that PDF drop down, you’ll notice one labeled Save PDF to Web Receipts Folder:

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Now, the number of options that appear here will be dependent on the applications you have installed on your Mac. As you can see I have Aperture, Evernote, and MacJournal installed – you may not see these in your drop down.

In any event, if you select the Save PDF to Web Receipts Folder, OS X will create a PDF of the print job into a folder called Web Receipts in your Documents folder. The PDF file will have a filename of the window that sent the print job. For instance if I ordered something from Amazon, the specific window name for that transaction will be the file name. If you don’t have a Web Receipts folder, OS X will created it for you.

This gives you a quick way of tracking the full fidelity of a confirmation page or order page of an online purchase or whatever (yes, this feature is available all the time so you are not limited to using it to store web receipts) into a PDF file. However, if you do a lot of shopping, you may want to go into the folder and rename the file to something more appropriate so that you don’t have a ton of files with similar names.

-JT

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