Quickly Generate Print Friendly Webpage Formats With PrintFriendly

Web 2.0 has drastically improved the style of webpages. It has made webpages more colorful, more interactive, and very difficult to print. The web survives on advertisements, but it is something that disrupts the way we would like to print webpages. And I haven’t even started with the eco-unfriendliness of printing reams of pages with useless ads and other unneeded web elements.

The antidote that brings readability back and helps save you money (and the planet) comes in the form of PrintFriendly. It is a simple web service that cleans the web page of ads, navigation and web page junk, so you save paper and ink when you print. It’s free and easy to use. There are two ways you can use PrintFriendly…

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Enter a URL: Copy-paste the URL into the field box on the PrintFriendly homepage.

Bookmarklet: Drag the bookmarklet to your browser toolbar and use it on any webpage you want to print out. It works with IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

Just check out the difference between the Print Preview from your browser…

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…and the PrintFriendly generated print preview.

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PrintFriendly also allows you to manually edit out the parts you don’t want to print. For example in the screenshot above, I have removed the photograph and the photo-caption and made the page a whole lot neater.

There are a few other things you can do to improve your reading experience.

  • Remove all images with a single click
  • Change the font size before printing
  • Print now, or save for later as a PDF.
  • Email the optimized webpage to someone.

PrintFriendly is very similar to a few other ‘green’ apps like Print What You Like. You should at least have one as a browsing tool to not only save printer ink but also a few trees along the way.

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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