There are programs out there that will remove the extraneous fluff and just print whatever text and images you want. I have used CleanPrint (for Chrome) and recently found another tool that allows extensive control and customization. PrintWhatYoulike allows you to change the text size and font as well as show or hide many aspects of a web page, including the background, images, and margins. Using the PrintWhatYouLike tool in Internet Explorer requires the extra step of entering a website address into the URL field at the top of their page; however, Chrome and Firefox each have buttons you can install on your toolbar. You can also install a PrintWhatYouLike button on your website to encourage cleaner prints that save money and the environment.
When you print webpages from the internet you usually get tons of ads and extra "stuff" drowning out your target material. You may also find that the formatting changes, which can be even more aggravating. Not only does all of this waste a lot of ink and paper, but it takes away from what you really want to see.
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