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Is it possible to remove all the unnecessary elements in a webpage. using firefox or other browsers. So that when you print you will not see the headers and footer, advertisments

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Use the Firefox add-on Aardvark (or from here)

To use Aardvark, just right-click on the page and select Start Aardvark from the popup menu. As you move the mouse over the page, you will see a red rectangle around the current block element, along with a label showing its type, and if they exist, its id, class, and style.

You can then press various keys on the keyboard to do things, for instance W to navigate wider (as shown in the image), R to remove the element, I to isolate the element (that is, remove everything else on the page), V to view formatted source of that element, U to undo, Q to quit aardvark, and H for help, that is, a list of the 14 or so available keystrokes.

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its nice but its useless if the page has many "next" on it. You will have to do this for every page – soul May 28 '10 at 23:40
Install Aardvark and AutoPager together. – Hello71 May 29 '10 at 1:37

In Firefox (with Dom Inspector installed) the unwanted elements can be removed manually by right clicking the element, selecting Inspect Element and hitting the del key.

With Ubiquity you can select the element and activate the Ubiquity's delete command. This method doesn't necessarily work with background images.

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+1, interesting approach :) – Martin Vseticka May 28 '10 at 9:42
Thanks. Can you tell that I don't frequently need to remove ads?-) – Jawa May 28 '10 at 9:59
This doesn't seem to work for me. Has Firefox changed or am I doing it wrong? I have 15.0.1 on WinXPsp3x86. Right-click has "Delete node" but "DEL" shortcut doesn't work. It would be more convenient. – n611x007 Oct 22 '12 at 8:44
As it happens, I don't have Dom Inspector installed any more, but del seems to work with Firebug as well. – Jawa Oct 24 '12 at 13:49

I could run a list and pretend i use them, but this link will give you al you need

Printee for IE – Printee is a Internet Explorer Addon, that lets you remove unwanted ads from webpages before you print them.You can launch it by clicking on the Printee icon from the toolbar.It supports IE 6/7/8 and works on Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista.

PrintWhatYouWant – Just enter the URL and a toolbar is available with controls on the left, with options for selection, test size (increase / decrease),image removal,font type etc.You can also remove parts from the webpage by hovering the mouse over the unwanted region, and click to select the region and press “Delete Key” to remove it.You can save the edited page as PDF and HTML.You can also combine multiple web pages – edit & print them as one document.You can access the service in 3 ways,

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The Printliminator free bookmarklet might be your friend!

(This bookmarklet updates itself, but I think the folks from can be trusted.)

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