How do I print just a part of a web page?

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You can print just part of a web page or an individual chapter of a book. Or you can print one or two paragraphs of a long article.

Here's how to print a small selection of any page on both Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers.


  1. Highlight the text you would like to print by holding down the left mouse button while dragging it across the text.
  2. Click File on your browser window
  3. Select Print...

  4. The Print options screen should appear.
  5. Under the Print Range, section, choose Selection.
  6. If Selection is grayed out (so you cannot choose it), it means you do not have any text selected on the page. Repeat Steps 1 - 4.
  7. Press OK or Print on the Print options menu.


When printing a selection of a page, don't use the print icon on your browser's toolbar. It will simply print the entire Web page automatically, instead of bringing up the Print options page first.

You can also copy part of a web page by highlighting the text as described above, then choosing Copy from the Edit menu on your browser window. Then open a new document in your word processor program, click the location on the page where you want to insert the text, and choose Paste from the Edit menu located on the top of the program window. Now you can save the document to your computer.


Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.