Before printing a webpage, its a good idea to clean up the webpage and remove unnecessary elements like advertisements, social media buttons, facebook like box, subscribe bar, links, etc stuff. If we don’t remove these unnecessary elements when printing the webpage, then we’ll be just wasting our precious ink and more paper on this stuff. PrintWhatYouLike is such an online webpage editor, that helps the user to control every element, which part to print and which part to remove.
Print Webpages with PrintWhatYouLike
There are some websites that offer print friendly versions of their webpages. These sites claim to be offering printer optimized output. But the problem is none work the way we want it. E.g. what if you want only the text and no images. We cannot control what comes out with the printer, as there’s always some stuff that we don’t wish for but still it is printed on that paper. So with PrintWhatYouLike, we can control exactly what we want to print, which elements we want to remove, isolate, widen or resize that element. You can also increase or decrease text size, this will be useful when you think that the text size is too small or large and you want to alter that. Its a superb online tool that can come in really handy when printing that graphics heavy webpage.
To try out, head over to their site, enter a URL and click on “Start”. In the next page, we can start editing the webpage. Click on any element (e.g. images), and you can see options for: Isolate, remove, widen, resize and select more. The most useful of all these options is the “remove” option, as that’s what we all mostly use to clear the junk out of the webpage. Removing a section, will make that section hide. Or alternatively, you can use “isolate” to print only that particular section and remove all other sections from the page. A panel on the left will give you access to various useful tools. If all this sounds too complex, then click on “Auto Format” to automatically format the webpage for printing, no more manual work. This option quickly hides every element from the page, except the article (and that’s what matters for most of us).
Save Webpage as PDF and HTML
This tool does not only helps in printing/cleaning webpage, but we can also save the webpage as PDF and HTML. It may happen that you don’t have printer connected at the moment, in this case, we can save the page as a PDF.
This being an online tool, is cross browser and cross platform compatible. You don’t need to install anything, no softwares or any other hassles. Yes, they do offer a bookmarklet, which we can drag and drop on the bookmarks toolbar. After doing this, whenever we want to edit any page, just click on this bookmarklet to open PrintWhatYouLike editor, thing’s get more easy with this one click.
After formatting the page, you can also apply the same formatting to another pages (needs a free account to do this). This can be really useful when all the pages have the same markup and you want to remove those exact elements from all those pages. Create a free account, to save your site specific changes.
This tool really makes print webpages with ease. Remove useless elements before printing any webpage. Things can’t get more simpler, then this online tool.