Like most people, you'll probably attempt to print the article directly from your web browser, hoping that the layout stays true to the original web page design. Most of the time, however, one is sorely let down by the quality of the printed material. While the article is originally only about a page long, the printout might consist of five pages of advertisements, blank spaces, weird web code or some other useless data. Sometimes the article itself doesn't print properly at all, because of the web design limitations, and sometimes you simply don't want to include all the images contained therein.
It's very helpful when websites provide a print-friendly version of the article, which is increasingly becoming the norm, but i still often find myself in need of a way to make any webpage printer friendly. Luckily, there exists a very useful web service, which allows users to turn any old webpage article into a printer friendly format, whether it is for printing or for generating PDFs.
As the image implies, the service is called PrintFriendly, and it can be found at www.printfriendly.com.
To get started:
- copy the URL of the article in question
- navigate your web browser to www.printfriendly.com
- paste the URL into the text box
- click on "print preview"
- here you'll be able to modify the article elements, remove certain portions, and clean up the printout before saving a PDF or printing. One can even change the text size of the printed article, as well as remove any images by a click of the mouse.