Printing Web Pages
Removing Headers and Footers
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By default web browsers will add the date, page number and URL to any page printed from the Internet.  For most (if not all) of the printables on this site, you probably don't want text at the top and bottom of the page.  Luckily it's pretty easy to fix.  The most popular web browsers now are Internet Explorer and Firefox.  The key in both is to find "Page Setup" and set your printing preferences from there.

In Internet Explorer 6, go to "File", "Page Setup...", then erase the text in the "Headers and Footers text boxes.  (The default for header is "&w&bPage &p of &P" and for the footer "&u&b&d" if you need to put it back later.  Internet Explorer's default margins are 0.75 inches.)  In Internet Explorer 7, look for a small image of a printer.  Click that and go to "Page Setup...".  From there it's the same steps as for Internet Explorer 6.

In Firefox, from the menu in the top left corner of your browser, choose "File", then "Page setup..".  Go to the second tab called "Margins & Header / Footer."  In the drop down lists choose "Blank" for all the items you do not want printed.

Easy, huh!  For those who want more information, following is a detailed example of how this is done, along with a list of the codes using Internet Explorer 6 as an example.

Remove page information from printed image Lots more:  When you are printing a web page using Internet Explorer 6, you will notice page information will be printed in each page's header and footer (the top and bottom of each page).  The information in the header includes the web page title, the current page number, and the total number of pages.  The footer usually includes the web page's URL (the internet address), and the date of printing.

Depending on the web page you are printing, you may not want to include all the information in the header and footer.  A good example is when you are printing images.  Internet Explorer 6 allows you to add new information, or to remove header and footer information entirely on the printed page.

To change header and footer information when a web page is printed, single-click Internet Explorer 6's File pull-down menu with the left mouse button.  In the menu, single-click the Page Setup option.

The Page Setup window opens.  About midway down the Page Setup window you will see a section marked Headers and Footers.  Boxes are available to enter what you want in both the header and footer.  What you will see looks like it's in code.  The header reads "&w&bPage &p of &P," while the footer, not wanting to be outdone for incomprehensibility, includes the enlightening statement "&u&b&d."  HUH?

Remove page information from printed image If you just want to remove all information from the header and footer, delete all this information from the header and footer boxes, and single-click OK to exit the Page Setup window.

If you want to customize your header and footer information for printing webpages, you need to understand what Internet Explorer 6 thinks it means by all this "&b&P" business.  The header and footer "code" is a shorthand Explorer uses to indicate which information to print in the header and footer.  The complete list of codes is given below.
    List of Codes
  • && = & in the header / footer (No fooling, really!)
  • &b = any text in header / footer aligned on right hand side after the &b
  • &b&b = centers text in header / footer between the two &bs.
  • &D = longer date format
  • &d = short date format
  • &p = current page number
  • &P = total page number
  • &T = 24 hr time format for time of printing
  • &t = time of printing
  • &u =webpage URL address
  • &w = webpage title

So the default header entry "&w&bPage &p of &P" translates as "webpage title, with the current page number and total number of pages aligned on the right side of the header."  It takes a bit of playing around with Internet Explorer 6's Page Setup to fully understand how the header and footer entries will look when printed.  Check it out by changing the header and footer, then examine the page with Print Preview.

All this too much?  Well, if you have some old-fashioned white-out left over from typewriter days, you can always dab some of that on to remove the tags.

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