Computers were supposed to let us save lots of paper but they’ve actually made it easier to use much more. Sometimes you just want to read or save a web page on paper. But you don’t need to let a poorly designed web page waste a bunch of paper.
Unfortunately some web pages look terrible when you print them. A graphic header and navigation buttons might look nice on the screen but, if not designed for printing, they often get strewn across pages of paper. And while you might like skimming through other readers’ comments on a popular article, if you print them out you might need to refill your paper tray.
If you want to print just part of a web page, then you’re going to need to figure out which pages that part is going to show up on and how to tell your Mac that you only want to print those pages.
In this video I show you how to:
- Discover the print preview feature in Safari;
- Open a printout as a PDF in Preview;
- Print only selected pages.
If you use another web browser like Firefox or Google Chrome, never fear. Although they don’t have the little preview displayed in their print windows, both still let you open the printout as a PDF in Preview.
And, regardless of which web browser you use, you can also preview printouts using the “Preview” button that’s even visible in the print windows minimized state (with the little triangle button pointing down).
So the next time you print a web page, use these techniques to save time and money on wasted paper and toner.