I’m new to the Windows 8 world – actually running Win8.1 — and can’t find the “print” button on my Web browser. So what’s the easy way to print out a Web page??
On the surface, the way that printing works in Windows 8 is weird. I mean, go to the Charms bar and you’ll find you can get to the Print function, but you can’t use it. “You can only print from within programs” the system tells you. So why have the button? Confusing.
Once you’re in a program like Internet Explorer, however, the functionality is pretty similar to how it worked in the past, there’s just no menu bar along the top.
Before I go further, however, can I entreat you, dear reader, to retire Microsoft Internet Explore entirely and upgrade your Web browsing experience to either Firefox — Get Firefox — or to Google Chrome — Get Chrome — instead? Not only are they better browsers, but they are also far more secure than the notoriously buggy Internet Explorer. And if for some reason you’re on an older version of Windows it’s even more important that you upgrade as there are some known exploits floating about now with older Windows — especially WinXP — and MSIE.
Nonetheless, since there’s a good chance that you’ll still be using the default Web browser, which is Internet Explorer, let me use that as the basis for our demonstration. To start, here’s a pretty typical Web page in IE:
There’s no print icon, no menu bar, not much control at all.
Until you look closely at the top right and realize that there are some controls after all. Click on the tiny gear icon button and you’ll find that you can access a Print menu:
Notice that there’s a keyboard shortcut too: Ctrl-P. To do that — and I’m pretty sure you know this already! — hold down the Control key on your keyboard and while it’s pressed down also press on the “P” key.
Once you choose “Print…” there are some options you’ll want to eyeball:
The most important is to choose the correct printer unless, like me, you only have a single printer, in which case that’s one of the easiest choices you’ll make all day!
Before you click “Print”, however, click on the “Options” tab:
Since the first section is greyed out (you can’t select any of the options) this means that the current Web page isn’t using a layout technique called frames. If it is, this is where you can choose how the printout should render them. If you’re debugging a page or analyzing a site, a “table of links” can be darn helpful too.
Now click “Print” and you should be good to go. Easy enough.
If you aren’t running Internet Explorer, you’ll find that the keyboard shortcut Control-P works universally, which is darn handy! If not, here’s the tools menu in Chrome with Print highlighted:
And, finally, here’s the Print option highlighted from the tools menu in Firefox:
In all cases, that should help you tame the wild print job as needed!