Monday, September 27, 2010

Printing from the Internet

I've posted about this in the past, but it is definitely worth repeating. We all print lots of pages from the internet. And when we print, we get the text and photos we want, but we also get all sorts of background images, advertisements, sidebars filled with links to things, etc. None of that is what we want. And it uses up a lot of ink - especially if you are printing on a color printers.

The solution...PrintWhatYouLike. PrintWhatYouLike is a website that lets you type in the URL of any website, then gives you options for how you want to print and what you want removed from the page before you print. It is the perfect way to clean up a page to save ink.

Perhaps more importantly than saving ink, it is a terrific way to clean up distractions. If you are printing an item for a student, you can help focus their attention on the key parts of the page by eliminating the extraneous materials.

To use the service, you can visit the website and enter the URL each time you need to print. Or you can visit the website once, follow the instructions for using the Bookmarklet, and then you'll have a little button right on the top of your browser. Any time you are wanting to print a page, click the bookmarklet and you'll immediately see the controls for managing the printing.

This is a great tool that you don't want to miss.

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