How to Print a Web Page from Windows 8 - dummies

How to Print a Web Page from Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

Although information-stuffed web pages look awfully tempting, printing those web pages even from within Windows 8 is rarely satisfying because they look so awful on paper. When sent to the printer, web pages often run off the page’s right side, consume zillions of additional pages, or appear much too small to read.

To make matters worse, all those colorful advertisements can suck your printer’s color cartridges dry fairly quickly. Only four things make for successfully printed web pages, and here, they are ranked in order of probable success rate:

  • Use the web page’s built-in Print option. Some websites, but not all, offer a tiny menu option called Print This Page, Text Version, Printer-Friendly Version, or something similar. That option tells the website to strip out its garbage and reformat the page so that it fits neatly onto a sheet of paper. This option is the most reliable way to print a web page.


  • Choose Print Preview from your browser’s File or Print menu. After 15 years, some web page designers noticed that people want to print their pages, so they tweaked the settings, making their pages automatically reformat themselves when printed. If you’re lucky, a clean look in the Print Preview window confirms that you’ve stumbled onto one of those printer-friendly sites.

  • Copy the portion you want and paste it into WordPad. Try selecting the desired text from the web page, copying it, and pasting it into WordPad or another word processor. Delete any unwanted remnants, adjust the margins, and print the portion you want.

  • Copy the entire page and paste it into a word processor. Although it’s lots of work, it’s an option. Right-click a blank portion of the web page and choose Select All. Right-click again and choose Copy. Next, open Microsoft Word or another full-featured word processor and paste the web page inside a new document. By hacking away at the unwanted portions, you can sometimes end up with something printable.

These tips may also come in handy for moving a web page from screen to paper:

  • If you spot an E-Mail option but no Print option, e-mail the page to yourself. You may have better success printing it as an e-mail message.

  • To print just a few paragraphs of a web page, use the mouse to select the portion you’re after. Choose Print from Internet Explorer’s Tools menu (shown in the margin) to open the Print dialog box. Then, in the Page Range box, choose the Selection option.

  • If a web page’s table or photo insists on vanishing off the paper’s right edge, try printing the page in Landscape mode rather than Portrait.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.