Save On Expensive Ink And Paper With A Free Browser Add-On

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CleanPrint is a free add-in, available for most major web browsers, that changes the way you print a web page.  Instead of clicking the normal Print button, click the CleanPrint button in your browser's toolbar instead, if you want a simpler and cheaper printing option.

With CleanPrint you see a simplified version of the web page you're printing, with minimal graphics and a straightforward layout.  Each section of text can be individually hidden or shown, so that you get only the information you want.  You can even add annotations.  When you're happy with how the content looks, hit the Print button and your chosen items will be printed.  

CleanPrint saves you money on ink, toner and paper, as you never have to print those unnecessary items from the page that you always end up throwing away.

You can find details on how to get CleanPrint for your browser at http://www.formatdynamics.com/bookmarklets/.

Although CleanPrint is free to use, it's funded by advertising.  So be aware that ads may be displayed (but not printed) alongside the web page content that you are in the process of preparing to print.

 

 

 

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Until now I got around this problem by copying and pasting a web page or info into a docu file in Open Office and then deleted what I did not want and printing what was left. Why are programs like the one reviewed better than that?.

I could not get this running well in Chrome. It was flakey and I needed to use the optional bookmarks bar alternative. At times the app would not even start.
I am on Win 8 x64 and using the latest Chrome. It may just be something in my setup and if is working for you, cool beans! :))

I was pretty excited when I saw that HP had a utility to do this. I quickly installed it on my machine with Windows 8 and IE 10. The HP utility is well-implemented and does a great job, even compared to my trusty 'PrintWhatYouLike' bookmarklet.

My problem is that whether or not I used the utility in an IE session, it kept every instance of IE running in the background after I closed its window (visible with Task Manager). This made IE completely unstable and crash-prone for me. Disabling the add-on stopped the instability.

My two questions to you are, 1) What version of Windows/IE are you using? and 2) Are you seeing this problem?

Reminds me of a program called Printee, used to be an add-on in IE. Not sure what happened to it or its developer but at the time, Printee was widely proclaimed as the first "clean" webpage printer. (Er, I tried it a couple of times; it didn't work too well for me.)

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Other-Internet-Related/Printee.shtml

I use a Firefox Add-on Extension simply named "Print Edit"; https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/print-edit/?src=ss. Just install and go.

It works great, especially on those receipts that want to add everything else on the page to the print document.

Try it; you'll like it. I especially like that you don't have to download or install anything on your computer.

Yes Print Edit is great it's really easy to use.

I've been using a bookmarklet called "PrintWhatYouLike" for years. It is extremely flexible and doesn't have ads.
http://www.printwhatyoulike.com
I never knew there were so many similar tools out there.

another good one I think I must have used them all at some point , after all ink cost too much to waste printing a load of stuff I don't need .

THANKS, Rob!! I've been wishing for this for some time.
LowndesW

Very nice extension, though the ads would put me off.
Evernote has a great extension for Firefox and Chrome called "Clearly", which can be used for printing, though it is designed to aid long-form reading: http://evernote.com/clearly/

Yes, I use this one in some of my browsers alongside Evernote to mostly make Virtual instructions booklets for myself!

The only problem I have with this arrangement is in regards to shaping the final product, it still needs work in the formatting / editing department as you cannot change the width of the article. You also need to watch for artifacts (Some left over from the HTML stripping) that you have to erase manually.

So to make it more flexible, I use a three programs / apps, four steps process, capture by Clearly into Evernote then export from there to AllMyNotes Organizer by Volodymyr Frytskyy of Vladonai Software ( www.vladonai.com ). It is available in FREE & Premium versions (The difference is that the PRO (Premium) version permits to put pictures / graphics in the notes. It is sometimes offered for free on the "For the Day" sites out there, look for it!) then I copy it back in Evernote as A) Pasting as basic text and B) Inserting images/graphics manually!

As you can see, nothing magical but as I am a borderline perfectionist, I like the results!

I didn't know about that one - it works like a charm! Thanks

Is this substantially different from "Print Friendly"?...Bob

I've been using CleanPrint for a while, and it's great! It allows you to select exactly what you want to be printed. The only quibble I would have with it is that it only prints in one font - Arial.

Good tip... tks, rob! :-)