Printing selections in IE

It's been a while since I've posted any tips on IE, so I thought it was time.

I commonly want to print just part of a web page, say directions to a friend's house, without all the extra junk on the page like the ads or copyright info. For a long time, I either sucked it up and accepted the extra stuff, or I'd copy/paste the page into Word and edit the content to get my desired form. This was something I wanted to fix in IE7.

Well, it turns out that IE already can print selections. To do this:

  1. Select the stuff you want to print

  2. From the File menu, choose Print

  3. In the Page Range box, choose Selection

  4. Click the Print button.

One of my colleagues, Markus Mielke, mentioned this feature in the IE team blog as well as some other tips for printing in IE6. He also talked about the numerous printing improvements we have in the works for IE7, including fixes for the dreaded chopped off right edge that plagues IE6. I swear, of all the features I show in IE7 during the countless demos I've done, the printing fixes generate the most applause.

Anyway, there's lot more info on the IE Blog, so check it out.

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