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How can I easily make printer-friendly pages of any website?

is there a programme which prints or exports an image of a webpage without excluding backgrounds and other design aspects? a simple file>print does not include the background in most cases and tends to miss out a lot of the graphics. thanks in advance.

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marked as duplicate by slhck, ChrisF, Journeyman Geek, Sathya May 20 '12 at 9:08

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thanks, found a chrome extension that does this – user1337603 May 11 '12 at 14:11
  • Print out the page in question. Highlight everything you want to keep on the print-out in green. Mark elements that you don't want to keep in red.

  • Create a new stylesheet document. Call it something like "print.css".

  • Link your new stylesheet in the head section of your web page. It will look something like this:

    <link href="print.css" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" media="print">
  • For each element of your page that you do not want printed, assign a class or id attribute in the HTML, if this is not already done. For example, if the site navigation is in a div tag, you might apply an id such as <div id="nav">.

    Note that an id must be unique within a document, but a class can apply to multiple elements.

  • In print.css, put a corresonding instruction to not display the item. For example, if you don't want the navigation printed, write div#nav {display: none} into the print stylesheet.

  • Use print.css to further define how the remaining printable items will appear. You can adjust positioning, page margins, typography, colors and more.

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you do realise the whole point of this is very likely to save paper and ink. Quite honestly this is the most.. convoluted answer to the issue possible. – Journeyman Geek May 16 '12 at 12:49
This sounds way more complicated than it needs to be. Also, check your formatting next time please. – slhck May 16 '12 at 12:49