Browser Basics:
Let's Print

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101
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It's time to practice printing web pages! There are too many different kinds of printers to give specific directions on operating them here. You will need to check out your printer yourself to learn the way it works.

What to know about your printer

Here is a list of things you need to know about your printer. Ask your instructor or network guru or (as a last resort?) read the printer's manual.

  • It's name - not Tom, Dick, or Harry but what its name is in the drop list of printers. 
  • How to load paper
  • How to cancel a print job before it actually starts printing
  • How to stop a print job after it starts
  • How to know if the printer is out of paper
  • How to know if the printer is out of ink or toner
  • How to change ink or toner cartridges
  • How to unjam a paper jam
  • How to view the print queue (the list of jobs waiting for the printer)
  • Where the no-print areas are (how close to the edge of the paper will this printer print)


Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Web

Before you start...

Project 1: Browser Basics
    ConnectingTo subtopics
    IE InterfaceTo subtopics
    NavigatingTo subtopics
    Printing Arrow - Subtopic open
    SavingTo subtopics
    SearchingTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 2: HTML BasicsTo subtopics


Tip Most modern printers can talk back to the computer, telling you that the paper is jammed or that it's out of ink. If your printer isn't telling you these things, perhaps you don't have the right cable. A bi-directional cable looks exactly like a one-direction cable, but it's what you need for the printer to send messages to the computer.

Network Printing

If you are using a network printer, you will also need to know how the network handles printing. There can be some tricks to sharing a printer with other users.

  • Where will your printed pages land (Where is the printer?!)
  • What's your computer's name (so you can recognize your print jobs in the print queue)
  • How to delete your print job
  • Is there a message when your print job is done?

TipDon't forget to go get your pages after you print. This is easy to forget if the printer is not right by your elbow, especially if there are several print jobs in front of yours in the print queue.

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What you will learn: to change the page setup
to print a page or range of pages
to print a framed page as shown
to print frames separately

  Start with:    Internet Explorer open Printer

Before you can print:

  1. Check your printer. Does it have paper? Does it have ink/toner? Is it turned on and connected to the computer?

  2. Know which printer to choose from the list of printers.
  3. Display the page My Home Page from your resource files or

Page Setup

  1. Dialog: Page Setup with entriesWith the browser open, from the menu select  File  |  Page Setup... . The Page Setup dialog opens.
  2. Make changes, if necessary, to match the settings below. (Use your own name where it says Name!)

    Size and Source - for the paper you are using, probably Letter (or A4 in the majority of the world outside the USA).

    Header - &w&bName&bPage &p of &P

    Footer - &u&b&d

    Orientation - Portrait/Vertical

    Margins - 0.75 in. (or 19.05 mm) for all margins (Find out if you can use smaller margins than this and still stay out of the no-print area. Check with your instructor or with your printer's manual.)

  3. Click on OK. Your settings here will be remembered whenever you print from the browser.

 Print Preview

  1. IE5Icon: IE6If you are using IE5.5 or later, from the menu choose  File  |  Print Preview . You can see in the toolbar at the top how many pages it takes to print the whole document.

    Print Preview - My Home Page

  2. Close the preview window by clicking on Text Button: Close the Close button.

Print a whole web page

  1. Dialog- Print From the menu choose  File  |  Print... . The Print dialog opens.
  2. Make the following selections:

    Print Range = All

    Copies = 1

    Boxes at bottom are not checked.

  3. Select a printer from the drop list at the top. The computer in the illustrations has two physical printers installed - a HP DeskJet and a Compaq.

Printer Properties

  1. Click on the Properties button at the upper right of the Print dialog. The dialog for your printer opens.

    Your dialog probably looks different from the example here. Each company provides their own dialog for managing their printers.

    The Orientation and Media Size should agree with what you set in Page Setup.

    Dialog - Printer properties  

  2. Print Quality: For this exercise Draft/Fast is fine.
  3. Color type: Automatic will print in color if there are colors anywhere on the page.

    If you don't wish to print in color, check Black text. Use Grayscale if there are photos on the page but you don't want to print in color. 
  4. Media: Be sure that your printer is set appropriately for your paper type. 
  5. Click on OK to return to the Print dialog.
  6. Print Click on the button OK in the Print dialog to print the web page. Two pages will print. Both use the header and footer you set above. The background does not print since we are using the default settings.

Print preview of My Home Page

Print range of pages

  1. Print-out: 1 pageFrom the menu select  File  |  Print... 
  2. Choose under Print range to print from 1 to 1:
       Dialog: Print - Pages From 1 To 1 
  3. Click on OK to print. Only the first page should be printed.

Print selection

  1. On the page My Home Page, drag from "Types of Places..." down to "Yahoo" to select these lines.
  2. From the menu select  File  |  Print...  
  3.  Choose Selection under  Print Range .
  4. Print icon Click on the OK button to print just the selected material. The same settings for header and footer, color, paper size, etc. are used as before.

    Notice that the total number of pages shown in the header refers to the print job rather than the original document.

TipIf you make your selection and then look at Print Preview, you will still see the whole document in the preview window.

Print framed pages as shown

  1. Click on the link World Travel Inc to open a framed page.
  2. Check Page Setup. Are the settings the same you set above?
  3. From the menu select  File  |  Print...  and then Properties. Make changes if necessary. This is a new document. You must check the settings for every web page you print, or risk unhappy surprises!
  4. Print frames as laid outClose the printer dialog and return to the Print dialog. It shows the choices for framed pages in color rather than grayed out since you are now on a framed page. Makes sense!

  5. Print Preview - World TravelChoose to print All and As laid out on screen.
  6. Print icon Click on the OK button to print. One page will print.

Print framed pages separately

  1. Print frames individuallyAgain select  File  |  Print... . Choose to print All and All frames individually to print each frame separately.
  2. Print icon Click on the OK button to print.

Print one frame

  1. Click on the link Prices and Packages in the navigation frame to open that page in the frame on the right.
  2. Print selected frameClick in the frame on the right that now contains the page Prices and Packages. (Don't click on a link on the page!)
  3. From the menu select  File  |  Print... 
  4. Choose to print All and only the selected frame. This choice is not available unless you have clicked somewhere on the framed page. It's not selected otherwise!

    Tip You can also print a single frame by right clicking in the frame and choosing Print from the popup menu.

  5. Print icon Print by clicking the button OK. The document in the frame is printed by itself.