Tips for Printing

These are some tips to help you print efficiently. Don’t hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance. Patrons must pay 25 cents for each page that is printed.

Do not use the “Print” icon
unless you want to print the whole web page or email.

[1. Printer Friendly] [2. Print Preview] [3. Print Specific Pages]
[4. Page Setup] [5. Print Selection] [6. Frames] [7. Alternatives]

Tip 1: Look for “Printer” friendly icons or links
Many websites and emails provide you with a way of printing pages without the menus, ads, or other unnecessary content so you can print the ‘meat and potatoes’ content easily. This is accomplished by clicking the Print Page or Printer Friendly icon or text at the top of a page.

Tip 2: Preview a web page before printing
Printing some web pages may result in using up far more paper than you thought. To preview the page in order to determine how much paper will be needed to print a web page or whether or not the text and background will be readable when printed, preview the page before printing.

  1. In your web browser, click the File menu and select Print Preview.
  2. If you are happy with how the page is going to print and the number of pages, you can click the Close button at the top of the Print Preview window to return to the web page and then select Print from the File menu -OR- print directly from the Print Preview windows by clicking the Print button.

Tip 3: Only Print the Pages You Want
When looking at the print preview, you can see specifically what content is on each page.

  1. After you know what pages you specifically want to print, click the Print icon.
  2. In the Print dialog box, select Pages.


Tip 4: Adjusting the Orientation or Margins
Some web pages are designed such that they are too wide for your printer margins.

  1. In your web browser, click the File menu and select Page Setup… to open the page setup dialog box.
  2. Click the radio button next to “Landscape” in the Orientation section of the dialog box. Click OK to begin printing. Note: You can also change the page margins on the Page Setup dialog box.

Tip 5: Print selected content on a page and leave the other stuff behind
If the content you want to print is a fraction of the web page, you can select content – text and/or graphics – and print what you want and omit the rest.

  1. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor over the text and/or image(s) that you want to print. Let go of the mouse button. The selected text or image is highlighted on the screen.
  2. In your web browser, click the File menu and select Print.
  3. On the Print dialog box, select Selection.
  4. Click OK to start printing.

Tip 6: How to print a single frame (page) on a web site that uses frames
Some web pages are made up of two or more frames. If you use the Print button on the toolbar, only the active frame will be printed. To print the web page as it appears on the screen or to print only one frame use the Print dialog window to select what you want to print:

  1. To print the web page including all the frames, in your web browser, click the File menu and select Print. In the Print Frames section, select the radio button next to As laid out on screen and click OK.
  2. To print one frame, left click once on the frame you wish to print to select it. in the Print Frames section, select Only the selected frame and click OK. Alternate method: Right click on the frame you want to print, choose Open Frame In New Window, then just print it out from the new window that opens as you would a non-frame web page.

Note: In Windows Internet Explorer version 5 or above, framed Web pages are printed with each frame coming out on a separate page by default.

Tip 7: Alternate method – Copy/Paste to Microsoft Word: Copy and paste the content you want to print from a web page to Microsoft Word or similar word processing software. Note that images can generally be copied and pasted from the web page to the document. Revise as needed (changing font size and type or eliminate graphics) and print your new document as you normally would using your word processing software.