We’ve all been there. You’ve found the article you want on a website, click print, and out come eight almost completely blank pages, sprinkled with occasional ads and formatting remnants.
The next time, older but wiser, you click Print Preview in your browser before you print. The preview displays eight almost completely blank pages, sprinkled with occasional ads and formatting remnants. Sigh.
The third time around, you’re searching for a printer-friendly button on a website, so that the content of the page will print out free of ads, navigation frames, or microscopic text. But unfortunately, there is no printer-friendly button on that page.
So you click print, cross your fingers, and hope for the best. And other than the time and date stamped at the bottom, it’s blank. You could vent your frustration in a destructive manner (please don’t hurt the computers, they mean well) or you could head on over to PrintFriendly.
This site isn’t just nifty, it’s nifty cubed. Here’s why:
1) It’s simple. All you have to do is copy the URL of the page you’re on, paste it into the URL field on PrintFriendly, and hit Print Preview. A print friendly version of the page will be generated. You can hit Print straightaway or tweak the page to remove images/extraneous text and adjust the text size—smaller text to save paper, larger text for easier readability.
2) This site doubles as a quick and easy way to create PDFs from web content. Instead of Print, click PDF and PrintFriendly will create a PDF version of the page, which you can download.
3) PrintFriendly is also a handy tool for reading articles. Some sites are extremely ad-heavy, with still ads, text ads, and animated ads, all vying for your attention. Not to mention those evil ads that plop down right on top of what you’re reading. All these pesky elements can be distracting and can slow the load time of the page. Instead of using PrintFriendly as a printing tool, you can use it to filter out this unwanted clutter so you can read in peace.
While not foolproof for every website out there, PrintFriendly was able to create printer friendly versions of most of the sites I tested. Use PrintFriendly when you want to save paper, money, time, and your sanity.
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