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How to Print Web Pages Fit to Printer Paper Width from Any Web Browser

General Tools to Print HTML Pages from Various Browsers

Mozilla or Firefox Browser Print Instructions

First try a simple direct print from your Mozilla Firefox browser window

If the web page prints satisfactorily with this approach you don't need to scale the page nor use a more sophisticated tool.

How to properly scale web pages to paper size when printing in Firefox:

Firefox browser page scaling tip

OR

OR print the web page as a PDF File

Microsoft Windows Explorer Browser Print Instructions

First try a simple direct print from your Internet Explorer browser window

If the web page prints satisfactorily with this approach you don't need to scale the page nor use a more sophisticated tool.

How to scale pages to paper size in the Microsoft Explorer Browser

Windows Explorer browser page print scaling guilde

OR print the web page as a PDF File

Google Chrome Browser Print Instructions for Printing InspectApedia.com web pages

First try a simple direct print from your Chrom browser window

If the web page prints satisfactorily with this approach you don't need to scale the page nor use a more sophisticated tool.

How to properly scale web pages to paper size when printing in Firefox:

How to properly scale web pages to paper size when printing from Google Chrome Browser:

The Google Chrome Browser does not provide a Page Setup Function. A good option is to save the document as a PDF.

An alternative is to use an add-on printer friendly extension to your chrome browser such as PrintFriendly from http://www.printfriendly.com/

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Print or save a PDF of an InspectApedia web page from Mac or PC (C) InspectApedia.com

Open the Print menu using

Select your printer

Use the "Change" button if necessary to change printers.

On the ensuing screen you'll see an option that also permits selecting "Save as PDF" (an option we recommend)

If you chose "Save as PDF" then use the "Save" button to save the web page as a printable PDF file on your computer in a directory that you choose.

To adjust your printer settings if necessary when printing to paper,

Chrome browser print scaling to paper size

We have also found websites recommending the installation of a PDF bookmarklet such as "Save Page as PDF" but we found an interminable wait when trying to use some of these functions. We had success, however, using a PDF writer and actually printing the web page as a PDF File

Safari Browser Print Instructions

How to properly scale web pages to paper size when printing from the Apple Safari Browser:

Safari print instructions to scale web page to paper size

If the page is not printing properly, on the page top toolbar again click

OR print the web page as a PDF File

Using a PDF Writer to Print Web Pages to Scale

How to properly scale web pages to paper size when printing to PDF files. Scaling to fit a web page to paper by printing to a PDF file that is subsequently sent to a printer works well with virtually every PDF file creator or capture program. You may need to adjust the scaling of the original image, however, before sending the PDF file to your physical printer.

Most PDF writers will automagically create a replica of the web page or other document that you want to save or print as a PDF file. And when subsequently you instruct the PDF writer to print that PDF image file, the PDF writer will properly scale the web page or other document to fit the size of paper used in your printer.

In our example (below using CutePDF), you will notice that Page Scaling is set (by default) to Shrink to Printable Area - that's what you want.

Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms also includes a Shrink to Printable Area option on its Print menu accessed from the toolbar's File menu.

Numerous other companies offer PDF-creating files that can convert a web page to a printable and in some cases editable page.

Watch out: please do not edit or modify InspectApedia.com pages before printing them: changing the content of a web article that involves life-safety issues means the you could make a mistake that could harm someone else. If you find an error or unclear content at any InspectApedia.com article please use the page top or bottom CONTACT link to let us know.

Page scaling using a PDF program

Scaling the Web Page to Fit the Printer Paper via Printer Controls

Once in a while we find that PDF scaling is not quite working as we like. Here we include examples of how we can explicitly instruct our PDF writer to scale the PDF image to the paper size when we send it to an actual physical printer.

If you cannot find a Scale to Page or Shrink to Printable Area feature in the PDF reader/writer's Page Setup menu, depending on which PDF program and version you are using (for example Adobe Reader 5 or earlier) you will need to scale your PDF image in the Page Setup Dialog instead. As a last resort we show below, performing scaling in the actual physical printer dialog box when sending the PDF file to the physical printer.

PDF page print scaling to paper size from any web browser

If you do not already have one, install a PDF reader utility from:

[If you dash off to download one of these programs, please use your browser's back button to return here].

Adobe http://get.adobe.com/reader/

or from another vendors whose programs allow both reading and creating or "writing" PDF files such as CutePDF http://www.cutepdf.com/

Then follow this procedure:

What to do If the web page is not printing properly scaled to fit the paper following the above procedure - Web Page Print Scaling by Setting Printer Parameters

PDF print procedure to properly scale web page to paper size

Watch out: the exact location of the page scaling function may vary among different printer brands and models as well as among different PDF readers and writers and their version levels.

PDF File Reader, Writer, Scaling, Printing Programs - where to buy or download free

Bottom line: you don't need a PDF editor to print and save copies of a web page as a PDF.

You do not need any of the PDF editors listed below to print, save, and read InspectApedia or other website articles, pages, or images.

Simply use your computer's "Print" feature to save a the web page you are viewing as a "PDF" file.

You can do your own web search for PDF readers, PDF writes, or free PDF readers. Here are some examples of PDF software. Most of these PDF print software packages include a free or free trial version.

Watch out: please do not edit or modify InspectApedia.com pages before printing them: changing the content of a web article that involves life-safety issues means the you could make a mistake that could harm someone else. If you find an error or unclear content at any InspectApedia.com article please use the page top or bottom CONTACT link to let us know.

[If you dash off to download one of these programs, please use your browser's back button to return here].

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