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Print Only Selected Text From Web Pages

When surfing the internet you undoubtedly will come across great information you want to print out. When printing from the internet you don’t have to waste paper and ink printing out the entire site page with images and advertisements. Just print out the information you want.

Highlight the specific information you want to print out with your mouse:

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Now hit “CTRL+P” to launch the print menu, or File \ Print from the menu.

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In this window “All” is selected by default. Change it by checking “Selection” then OK.

This will only print out the text you have highlighted and will work for specific images also. Just highlight the image and use the same process.

This should work in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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  • Published 04/14/07

Comments (25)

  1. The Geek

    I’ve looked at that print dialog hundreds of times, and just never realized you could do that.

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. tapio

    This method does not print the input fields that are in a form. How to print the text in the input fields also together with other text in Windows Firefox without printing the whole web page?

  3. mysticgeek

    tapio,

    Just move your mouse to that the text and the input fields are highlighted and follow the steps. You can also copy and paste what you want into a Word document.

  4. tom

    Thank you , Most helpful

  5. Dude

    This does not appear work in outlook 2007 ……… any suggestions????

  6. Srinivas

    In My firefox browser Selection option is disabled,How to enable that one?

  7. Elaine

    Thank you very much for that tip!

  8. Sarah

    I too have looked at the Print dialog for years and have never seen that option. It’s amazing how that can happen.

    Thank you for a much needed tip!

  9. mysticgeek

    @ Sarah You have very welcome! Trust me … you are not the only one who looks at the dialog boxes and not notice something. I probably do that 2-3x a day! :-)

  10. Marie

    Great tip, thought I would need to download a program!

  11. Joe

    Well, you can add me to the list of those who had no clue what “selection” meant in the print dialog box! I love simple but effective revelations such as this! Thanks for the tip!

  12. chasone

    This is a good tip .Been using for awhile. The only thing is it print in too small text.

  13. Mike

    Fantastic tip – thanks!

    To bad it doesn’t work on Google Chrome

  14. Joseph Scheines

    I have printed out selected portions of internet messages for years. My problem is controlling the SIZE of the type in the selections. Often, they print out in a very small size — maybe 6 pt. How can I make them larger and readable?

  15. anna

    My print selection option does not work. I use Google Chrome. Please help.

    Thanks

    Anna

  16. anna

    In this window “All” is selected by default. Change it by checking “Selection” then OK.

    This will only print out the text you have highlighted and will work for specific images also. Just highlight the image and use the same process.

    This should work in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

  17. Ram kumar

    hi in outlook 7 i want to print 1 page but all the pages were printed .
    Is there any selection optoin in outlook 7 ? Pls suggest in my mail

    thanks in advance
    Ram Kumar

  18. laura

    cool thanx for the tip it really helped with my IT test

  19. Stas

    For MAC Firefox users. In printing window open pull down menu that usualy shows Copies & Pages and select option ‘Firefox’. There you’ll see selection button ‘Print Selection Only’.
    Enjoy!

  20. bindu17

    thankyou! it really helpful.

  21. Denise MacColeman

    I have wasted so much paper and tried to install so many extensions just to print what I’ve highlighted. Thanks a billion for this tip, You’re the Boss!!!

  22. panzi

    Is this sarcasm or something? I found that out myself when I still used Windows 98 (now using Fedora Linux). Are there really people who do not read the options in a dialog that might possible waste money (by printing to much)?

  23. ashley

    When I select multiple text thru the web page by hiitting ctrl, it will print what i highlighted, but will still leave space between the highlighted text where there were words. Is there anyway to have it print without those spaces without having to copy then paste to word and delete them manually?

  24. Pant

    When I print a selected area of web page, it doesn’t fit to the paper. The end of each page are cut off. Is there any solution?

  25. Benny

    You guys are great .

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