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Q&A: I often want to print out information from a webpage, but I hate it when it prints out umpteen pages with graphics, menus and the like just so I can get a paragraph of text. Is there anything I can do?

Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 1 No. 5, Feb. 5, 2003

I often want to print out information from a webpage, but I hate it when it prints out umpteen pages with graphics, menus and the like just so I can get a paragraph of text. Is there anything I can do?
Claire M.

You have a couple of options available to you, Claire. The first is to use the print preview, which is availabe at File > Print Preview in just about every browser that has the option. This will display on the screen exactly how the webpage your viewing will print out on paper. Using this feature, you can determine the pages with the information you want and in the print dialog box tell the browser to print only those pages.

Another option is to first use your cursor to select the range of text on the webpage that you wish to print, then go to File > Print. In the Page Range box, click Selection, then click Print. The browser will print out only what you selected on the page.

I visited a webpage that downloaded something without asking me. Now, I’m getting all these popup ads on my computer. How do I get rid of them?
Ben L.

What has happened is that some unscrupulous operator has set up a webpage to automatically load adware onto the computers of users unfortunately enough to visit its site. Try downloading and running a utility called Ad-Aware. It should get rid of such unwanted programs from your computer. It’s available at http://www.lavasoft.nu/support/download/ .

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