PRINTING webpages can cause quite a few problems because some elements like flash objects and certain images and links are not read. This mainly depends on the way your browser interprets the page that is to be printed. If the printer has to print a simple, flat page it can determine the elements easily and thus print out the. webpage as it appears on the screen in comparison to a direct webpage print output using the 'File I Print' menu. Hence the best option is to take a screenshot of the page and print it as an image. However, saving the page as a PDF will make sure that it appears as a proper document. If you use Firefox 3.0, here's a great tool you can use to make sure that the webpages are printed along with all the details. You can also save these pages for future reference as PDFs. Follow these steps to download and install an add-on called PrintPDF that allows you to perform all the aforementioned tasks,
~ Start Mozilla Firefox 3.
~ Click the large green button that says, 'Add to Firefox (Windows)'.
~ Wait for the button to be enabled then click 'Install Now'.
~ Firefox will check the compatibility of PrintPDF with your current version of the browser. If okay, the installation process will proceed.
~ Restart your browser for the changes to take effect.
~ On restarting Firefox click 'Tools I Add-ons' to check if 'printpdf 0.75' is added to the list of add-ons that have been installed and are enabled.
~ Now open the webpage that you would like to print as a PDF.
~ Click 'File' menu. You will notice that an entry called 'Print to PDF has been created. Click this menu item.
~ A dialog box called 'Save Document as PDF will appear on the screen. Simply specify the name and location of the PDF version of the webpage that you would like to create. Click 'Save'.
By default the name of the file in the 'Save' dialog box is the same as the webpage.
Now that you have saved your file as a PDF you can open it using Adobe Acrobat. You will notice that the created PDF file is almost similar to the webpage. Click 'File I Print' to carry on with the printing of the PDF. You can do the same for multiple pages. PrintPDF bifurcates the PDF according to fixed sectors based on the length of the input webpage.