Printing the Blog Posts

A number of readers have written to express their desire for printable blog posts. I feel your pain. If I had a nickle for every piece of paper wasted trying to print something found on a site somewhere, I’d be a rich man. On some sites, it just isn’t possible to print the content without dragging a lot of extra material. Just a little bit of material ends up consuming several printed pages and sometimes you can’t get a good printout no matter how hard you try. Yes, it’s quite frustrating.

Fortunately, it’s easy to print my blog posts without all of the extra material. Start by clicking the post title link (when viewing multiple posts in the list format). You’ll see the post presented by itself. The title text is a little larger in this format and you have the ability to add comments to the post as needed. However, look down at the Posted by entry at the bottom of the page. Next to that entry is the name of the poster (me), the date and time of the posting, and a little printer icon.

When you click the printer icon, you’re taken to another page that shows the post in plain text without any of the fancy formatting. The printer dialog for your system also opens so that you can choose a printer to use. All you need to do at this point is tell your system to print the post and you should see a plain text version appear at your printer.

I know this particular setup works well with my systems and I’ve tested it with Firefox, Chrome, and IE. However, if you encounter problems printing a post, please let me know at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com. I’ll do my best to find a solution for you so that you can output the post to your printer.

 

Author: John

John Mueller is a freelance author and technical editor. He has writing in his blood, having produced 99 books and over 600 articles to date. The topics range from networking to artificial intelligence and from database management to heads-down programming. Some of his current books include a Web security book, discussions of how to manage big data using data science, a Windows command -line reference, and a book that shows how to build your own custom PC. His technical editing skills have helped over more than 67 authors refine the content of their manuscripts. John has provided technical editing services to both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He has also contributed articles to magazines such as Software Quality Connection, DevSource, InformIT, SQL Server Professional, Visual C++ Developer, Hard Core Visual Basic, asp.netPRO, Software Test and Performance, and Visual Basic Developer. Be sure to read John’s blog at http://blog.johnmuellerbooks.com/. When John isn’t working at the computer, you can find him outside in the garden, cutting wood, or generally enjoying nature. John also likes making wine and knitting. When not occupied with anything else, he makes glycerin soap and candles, which comes in handy for gift baskets. You can reach John on the Internet at John@JohnMuellerBooks.com. John is also setting up a website at http://www.johnmuellerbooks.com/. Feel free to take a look and make suggestions on how he can improve it.