Printing a selection in a web browser?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by OwlsAndApples, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    Sorry if i'm being dense but in Safari and Firefox (both mac versions) i can't seem to find an option to print a highlighted selection on a website. As i don't want to waste ink printing adverts and banners this is annoying...I remember having the option on Internet Explorer on XP. Am I missing something/anything i can do?
  2. thuff13 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    As far as I know, OS X has no built in way to print selected text. I remember hearing about third party solutions to this, but I don't remember specifics, maybe someone else will know.
  3. epochblue macrumors 68000


    Aug 12, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    A workaround is to highlight the text you want to print and using the Services menu, navigate to TextEdit and then to "New Window Containing Selection"

    ...that's about as close as you'll get without a third-party app...if one exists.
  4. 1020 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2006
    You can do this in both Camino and Firefox. You have to select Firefox from the third pull-down menu and select "Print selection only."

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  5. OwlsAndApples thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    Thanks all for your replies, i'm glad to know there is a function within Firefox, even if it's not as convenient as the PC equivalent. I hadn't noticed the Services option which will come in handy for speeding up editing, so cheers! :)
  6. georgep macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2004
    Does not work for me

    I use principally Firefox, and when I select Print, I do not get the complete Print Box that is shown by 1020. Several selections he shows are not there, and "Print Selection Only" is one of them.

    Another site referred me to this download,
    has anybody tried it?

    Otherwise, 1020, I would love to see the Print Box you do with all the choices you have.
  7. Jandsbrulz macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2007
    New York
    Command+Shift+4 is print screen, but it doesn't printscreen the entire page. Instead it turns your cursor into a cross hairs that allows you to select any area on your screen. It then puts a picture on the desktop of what you just selected, and then i print that. Of course this only works if whant you want to print fits on the screen and its not a long text.
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Make sure to switch the third drop down box to Firefox to get those options.
  9. applecore100 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2008
    Mac Power Book OS X10.5.2 - Print Selection - Brother MFC-440CN Printer

    Simple Procedure to print selected areas in Safari & Apple Mail
    - highlighting the desired area
    - Select Safari/ Services/Make New Sticky Note. (kybd shortcut=Shift-CMD-Y)
    - in Mail select Mail/Services/Make New Sticky Note
    A stick note appears which can be edited if you want to remove anything.
    - Press CMD Y to open print menu
    - Select Print to print selected area only

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