Save rece ipts to iCloud

Make re­ceipts avail­able on all of your de­vices

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You can cre­ate com­mands that sep­a­rate per­sonal and work re­ceipts

These days, you prob­a­bly do a lot of shop­ping on­line, in part be­cause it saves you pay­ing the mark-up charged by many

high street stores. You can choose at your leisure with­out traips­ing around town, then sit back and wait for your shop­ping to ar­rive.

All of your con­fir­ma­tions, in­voices and re­ceipts will be neatly stored in your email in­box or ap­pear on a check­out screen in your web browser, from which you can save them for ref­er­ence. If you ever need to make a claim or re­turn an item, you’ll know ex­actly where to find the nec­es­sary ‘pa­per­work’, which is rarely the case when you’re stash­ing till slips into fold­ers and en­velopes.

How­ever, it’s easy to let things slide, and tempt­ing to leave ev­ery­thing float­ing in your in­box, or to drag out PDFs into what seems – at the time – an en­tirely log­i­cal folder, un­til you re­alise you can’t find it again when you need it. More­over, not all re­ceipts come as a PDF, or any kind of at­tach­ment at all. Some are text in the body of an email, while oth­ers are shown on a web page af­ter you fin­ish your pur­chase. What do you do then? The PDF pop-up menu in OS X’s Print dia­log pro­vides you with a way to save a PDF of a web page, an email or any other print­able doc­u­ment to a ded­i­cated Web Re­ceipts folder. The trou­ble with this is that it gives you no con­trol over the lo­ca­tion of the Web Re­ceipts folder, which is au­to­mat­i­cally placed within Doc­u­ments in your user ac­count, out of reach of your iOS de­vices and, typ­i­cally, your other Macs, too.

iCloud Drive

You could just cre­ate a folder on iCloud Drive and save PDFs there man­u­ally, but that gets te­dious. Al­ter­na­tively, you could cre­ate a spe­cial short­cut, a sym­bolic link, to re­lo­cate OS X’s own Web Re­ceipts folder to iCloud Drive, mak­ing its con­tents avail­able on all of your Macs, in iOS 9’s iCloud Drive app (turn it on in Set­tings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Show on Home Screen), and wher­ever you can sign in to iCloud.com. Here, though, we’re go­ing to con­struct a new work­flow from scratch, which

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