Stop, Browser Time – Part 4: Printing a web page

Why doesn’t my web page print properly?

What do you do when pages from Internet do not print out correctly? Web pages are designed to be read on screen, so they’re designed to play well with different browsers. Many sites offer “printer-friendly” versions, but some don’t. Here are few tricks you can employ when you run into problems when trying to print from a web page:

Problem 1: Printed Page text cut off on the right.

Option 1: Print Landscape

Go under File -> Page Setup, Select Landscape. This will change the orientation of your paper and print across the wider length of the page.

Option 2: Print Selection (see image at right)

Use mouse to highlight only the text you would like to print.
Then, choose File -> Print.
Under Print Range, pick Selection.

Option 3: Copy to Word

Copy & Paste the selected text into a text editor such as MS Word. Edit text to fit on the printed page.

Problem 2: Blank page prints out, even though there’s stuff on the computer screen.

Print preview, print preview, print preview. You just never know what a web page has going on, so looking at the print preview is always a good thing to use before you print.

If you see something on the screen but a blank page prints out, you were likely using a program operating with a plug-in like Adobe Reader or flash. Some of these plug-ins don’t work with the browser’s print feature. Adobe Reader, for instance, has a separate printer icon inside the content area of the screen. Use this print option instead of the File – Print.

Screen Shots: I’m ready for my closeup, Mr. Deville…

Perhaps you’ve tried all of these tips and none of them have worked. How else can you print a web page? Or maybe you have been asked by a tech-support line to email a picture of the error message appearing on your screen? How will that work?

Screen Shots are a handy way to include a snapshot of a web page image in Emails, Word Documents, or Powerpoint slides.

How does Screen Shot work?
If you’ve done Cut & Paste in Windows, then this will sound familiar. First, locate the web page using your browser. Set up your screen to show exactly what you want to show, by changing the Window size or View. Once your screen looks exactly as you want to show it, you’re ready.

2. Next, click Start >

  1. Tap the PRINT SCREEN key at the top right of the keyboard.
  2. Next, click on Start Menu > Accessories > PAINT.
  3. In Paint, Edit > Paste.
  4. Save this File to your Desktop. Select “Save as Type”: JPEG.
  5. Use Insert > Picture (from file) to add this image to any Powerpoint or Word file. Use Attachment to include the file with an Email.


  • Paste a Screen Shot directly into a Word or Powerpoint without saving in Paint for one-time Screen Shots.
  • Use Picnik (online image editor) to crop or resize it.
  • Use ALT + PRINT SCREEN to reproduce a selected Window, rather than the entire screen.

I want more of the screen to show up in my screen shot.

This section could also be called “What happened to the menu bar and the close button – and all the other stuff I’m used to seeing at the top of the screen?”

Browsers allow you to show whatever options you want, but we’re used to seeing the title bar and the address bar at the top of our screen, along with the back and forward buttons. Sometimes you can make certain features disappear on accident. Has the top of your browser ever looked like this picture?

To restore the menu bar, address bar, status bar and so on, try these tips:

Tip 1: Select View, click on Toolbars, Status Bar or Sidebar to restore them to sight.

Tip 2: Alt+V will bring up the View menu on any browser; use arrows and enter to select options.

Tip 3: You may have accidentally hit the F11 key on your keyboard. Pushing F11 again will restore a screen to normal view, if it has been adjusted to full-screen on accident.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Go to

2. Find an image, any image you like.

3. Use Print Screen (on your keyboard) to copy the picture. Then paste it into Word.

4. To receive credit for this training, you must report your progress using the link below:

Submit your progress report


  1. B.N. Jones says:

    Screen shots are also a great one to prank someone by setting an altered screen shot as their desktop background, say one with an absurdly disastrous error message. Work hard. Play hard.

  2. Jim says:

    I must ask, regarding the last comment, what type of disastrous error message is absurd? I still don’t understand some of the ones I have gotten in the “real” world and expect any day to have my computer ask me “What seems to be the problem, Dave? You seem upset.”
    (I have the Hal 9000 eye as my destop wall paper. Work hard, play hard.)

  3. Glenn Worden says:

    If you use Windows Vista, you can download a widget for your desktop that is the HAL eye. When you click it you hear a random sampling of HAL dialog from the movie. My home computer is named HAL 9000, so I have to be careful aabout him reading my lips!

  4. Jim says:

    In response to Glenn’s last comment:

    I like that! I don’t use Vista but have some sound bites of HAL that I occassionally click on to reinforce my computer paranoia.

  5. npljenny says:

    Oh my goodness – all this HAL talk sounds creepy – and this is the only moment I can think of where I’ve thought, “gosh, I wish I had Vista.” I guess I can’t see the HAL widget…bummer. :(

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