Sometimes you just want to print out the internet — well, not the entire internet, but perhaps a recipe to scribble on or an online article for a friend.
Instead, you waste paper on printouts of banners and ads or sometimes the frame for a page rather than what you really need. Here are a few methods, explained for the four most popular browsers, to help you get what you want in a way that conserves paper and printer ink.
If words are more important than photos for your printout, check out your browser’s reader view. Reader mode, which Apple created for its Safari browser in 2010, has expanded to Windows computers and other popular browsers.
It isn’t available for all web pages. But when it is, usually for article pages, reader view strips out advertisements and navigation to give you a clean page for reading or printing.
Some, but not all, photos and illustrations are kept, but sometimes boxes with additional material are filtered out. So when you’re in reader mode, make sure the material you want is displayed before you try to print it.