February 1st, 2012 by Kayce
Browsing the Internet allows everyone, from school age children to retired folks, to learn more about the world around them. Depending on the website, each page can be full of useful information. But, how can you print out a neat sheet of information from the Internet without all the surrounding advertisements and URL information? Luckily, a few extra steps prior to printing will help you become a printing genius.
1. Printing One Frame from a Website Page
Have you ever printed a desired page from a website and found that 4 to 5 pages of paper were wasted on multiple frames? Most websites use framing software techniques to divide the information out in a visually appealing manner. However, it creates a printing nightmare. The printer sees each frame as a separate entity and tries to print each one on different blank pages; this is definitely a waste of paper. The simplest way to print only one frame is to right click the desired frame; a pop up window will appear that offers several choices. You should choose “Open Frame in New Window.” The selected frame will appear in an entirely new window, away from the original website page. You can click “Print” within the new window and your page will appear correctly on the printed paper.
2. Wasted Color Ink
A lot of websites use a variety of colors throughout the page to entice readers to remain on the site. However, printing multiple pages from a highly colored site will drain your expensive color ink. As an alternative, click on the browser’s “File” title and choose “Print.” There should be a button within the new Print window that is titled “Properties.” Clicking on this button will allow you to alter many print settings. Under the “Color” tab, you should be able to choose “Grayscale” or “Black/White.” This selection will prompt the printer to only use the black ink to create the printed page.
3. Wide Web Pages
Many websites have wide margins to visually organize their information. The majority of people will not pay much attention to this detail, unless they try to print; the left and right margins will commonly be cut off, creating an incomplete web page printing job. Two items need to be altered in this case for a proper print job: the printer and web page’s orientation. Within the Internet browser, select “File” and “Page Setup.” A pop up window will appear; choose the “Landscape” orientation, rather than the default “Portrait” alignment. Next, select “File” again, but choose “Print.” Within the “Properties” button, select “Landscape.” With both of these settings aligned for “Landscape,” the printed page should hold the wide web pages needed.
4. Removing Headers and Footers
Sometimes, you may only want the text on the web page, rather than the URL and any footers that may be visible. Keeping the headers and footers on a printed page may make the entire paper look cluttered and confusing. To remove the headers and footers, you must click “File” and “Page Setup” within the Internet browser. A section titled “Headers and Footers” should be visible. For computer novices, you will see many numbers, letters, and symbols listed on a line alongside both the header and footer area; delete all these characters to remove the headers and footers from the printed page. After the printing job is finished, this header and footer section should default back to its original symbols.
Do you only have a few sheets of blank printing paper left to use? Previewing a print job is a helpful way to prevent paper waste from items you do not want printed. If you select “File” and “Print Preview” within the Internet browser, a window will pop up that shows a small rendition of the future print job, as well as the pages needed to complete the process. For example, you may only want the first page printed from the website, rather than the following four pages pictured in the preview. You can choose “Print Selected Pages” and specify page one. The printer will see the selection and print the first page only. Becoming comfortable with the print settings within your browser and printer is the best way to print high quality pages. It may only take some practice before you are a professional at sizing your printing jobs.
James is the blogger and researcher at a printer cartridge website in the UK, where he works with all sort of printer related things, like the HP printer cartridges