Print Friendly: Print a Web Page without all the Clutter


I sometimes want to print documentation off the web and I was looking for a way to clean up the images and advertising that cluttered up the pages in print preview. Print Friendly does just that and it does so quickly. It also lets you save your cleaned up document as a PDF. Install their browser tool or enter a URL right in the box on their home page. Its a neat little tool that does one big job, but does it well.

 

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Karen Homan

Karen is a 14 year veteran at an upstate New York college where she writes and edits end-user documentation to educate faculty and staff in computer software. She has been involved with software training for over 17 years, is experienced in producing training videos, blogs about technology, and creates instructional material for her day job. One of her passions is figuring things out. Her favorite motto is IBM’s old one word slogan: THINK.

11 Comments

  1. I’ve been using ‘Print Friendly’ for years, I archive with it to PDF articles found on the Web (some of which found here on DCT), and I call the site’s function with a bookmarklet made accessible via a dedicated toolbar button… et voila 🙂

    Really handy, and renders 99% of the pages in a particularly neat and sober layout. Not to mention the PDF’s file size, negligible compared to what a normal page backup requires. No adds, no fuss, just the article and most images (sometimes, because of the way the website inserted them in their page they won’t appear on ‘Print Friendly”‘s layout, but seldom). Really worth it. Great you review it here.

  2. Ali:

    Thanks for the comments. Glad you find it useful too. I’m always on the lookout for cool tools.

    Karen

    • Hi Karen,

      I’ll stay tuned for other little gems reviewed by you therefor 🙂
      No flattery but truth : many many interesting articles here. “Nice place” 🙂

  3. Regarding THINK:
    I worked at IBM in the early ’50s, and saw on a wall the full text from which TJ Watson’s slogan came:
    Think, for when the Great Scorer comes,
    to write against your name,
    He writes not, that you won or lost,
    But how you played the game.

    • Stan:

      My dad worked for 20 years with IBM. He had an old desk plaque with the word THINK on it and I never knew the context for it. Thanks for the info!

      Karen

    • It’s not your PC. From a cursory glance at the page code generated by Print Friendly it appears it is unable to determine the image size from the original URL so it hides the image from the final output.

    • Cheryl, I think that’s because the page has no extraneous images, columns or ads anyway? In which case, why did you go to all the bother of visiting PrintFriendly and copying and pasting in the url, when you could have just printed it to XPS or PDF as it was shown on screen?

      • I understand your question but I still wanted to see how effective (or not) Print Friendly is.It’s the detective in me.