printing highlighted selections?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tag, May 20, 2005.

  1. tag macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2005
    Ok this is starting to drive me a bit crazy, as I don't usually need to print out entire pages. Does anyone know how to print a highlighted selection in safari or even a text document for that matter?

    I've searched all around and tried everything I could think of, though with no luck. I installed firefox hoping to see if an option to 'print selection' appeared in firefox such as I have in my windows and linux laptops, but no luck, same printing menu.
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Well, there is no default function as a part of OS X to print a highlighted area, but you can drag and drop to save text. Just highlight the text, click on it, then drag and drop it over the desktop or into a Finder window. It makes a little text thing that can't be edited. This could save you some paper in the end, unless you do need a hard copy, then this isn't the way you want to go. And when you are finished with the text, just drag it to the trash and delete it.

    Remember, its non printable and non editable text document. Here is a pic.

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  3. benwa02 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2004
    I have been experiencing the same thing as you. I couldnt find that option and I use to use it alllll the time on my PC. What I have been doing is just copying the text and pasting it into textEdit and then print from there. Sucks but its the only option I see.
  4. TreeHugger macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2004
    negative. there is a script to print selections.
    i don't have it anymore after doing a clean install for tiger. but there is a script out there... Do a google search. I will try to find it later after dinner.
  5. real_murray macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2004
    Print Selection service

    I use something called "Print Selection Service"

    It can be found here:

    Works pretty good. Highlight some text, choose "Print selection" from the Services Menu. Enjoy!

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