Printing web pages is very useful for many people. Business owners might need to print web orders or invoices. Online shoppers may print the confirmation page for a recent order. Also, people who pay bills online may print pages for their records. Whatever the reason, printing web pages can be a hassle if the web site is not printer-friendly. Below is a list of seven tips that can provide smooth printing and minimal usage of ink and paper.
#1. Select Print Preview Before Sending Page(s) to Print
Too often, a small amount of text that is not needed prints on additional pages. Selecting the print preview feature from the browser toolbar will eliminate this wasteful printing. From the file menu, select Print Preview. This will not only display the number of pages that will print, but also whether or not the background and text are readable.
#2. Customize or Remove Headers and Footers
Sometimes, the header and footer information is useful, especially the URL if you want to return to the web site at a later date. However, if nothing more than the text and/or graphics are needed, the headers and footers can be removed.
In Internet Explorer, you will select File from the web browser toolbar. Next, select Page setup to access the dialog box where changes are made. Under the Headers and Footers section, remove characters that are shown from the Headers and Footers field. Click OK.
Headers and Footers can be customized by typing in the characters that you want to appear on the printed pages. For example, if you want the URL to appear, type &u; date in long format requires &D; and, to show the total number of pages, type &P.
#3. Adjust Wide Margins that Print Clipped Content on Web Pages
Often, the margins on a web page do not align with the margins set on your printer. Reducing the window size might be an easy solution or you can change the paper orientation. Adjusting the default margins will also work.
To change the page orientation to landscape, go to File on the menu bar from the web browser and select Print. Click on Properties to open the Print dialog box. The default setting is usually Portrait, so select Landscape. You can also change your printer setting from Portrait to Landscape. This does not change the default setting for future print jobs unless you make this change from the Printer Control Panel.
#4. Print a Single Frame from a Website
Some web sites are designed with multiple frames, which can lead to a printout of only the active frame. Each frame will print on separate pages. In order to get all of the information grouped together, you will need to try one of two methods.
Select the File menu from the web browser in order to print all of the frames included on the web page. Select As Laid Out on Screen from the Print Frames section. Select OK. If you only want to print one frame, select Only the Selected Frame from the Print Frames section. Select OK.
Alternately, you can right click on the frame and choose Open Frame in New Window. Select Print in the new window.
#5. Print Web Pages in Gray scale or Black and White to Conserve Color Ink
Not all web pages require color printing. Therefore, you can change the printing properties to use only the black ink cartridge and save the color ink. This is a change that you will make to your printer settings and not in the web browser, although the change is made from the web browser.
Select File from the web browser and hit print. Click on the Properties button and select the Color tab. Choose Gray scale or Black and White. Select OK.
#6. Select Specific Content to Print from Web Page
Perhaps you are only interested in certain text on the web page and would rather not print multiple pages with excess text and graphics. By holding down the left mouse button and dragging the cursor over the text or graphic, you can select only what you need. Release the mouse and you will see that the text and/or graphic you selected is still highlighted. From the web browser, select File and Print. In the print dialog box, choose Selection under the Print Range section. Click OK.
#7. Printer Friendly Icons on Web Pages
Some websites have taken into consideration the need for most users to be conservative with print jobs. Therefore, some sites will have a Printer Friendly icon on the web page that you can select. This feature opens the web page in another window to eliminate ads, graphics, menus and any text not relevant to the primary information on the web page. Generally, these sites will place the icon near the beginning or at the end of an article on the web page.Similar Posts You May Like
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