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I'm working on an Ecards application using ASP and I'm trying to create a print friendly page.  I have very little experience with the print aspect of development and I'm trying to get it so that when the user clicks 'print' the page prints out with two inch margins and doesn't show the buttons at the bottom of the page.  

Thanks in advance,

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seanpowell earned 200 total points
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There's potentially a lot of issues here, so I'll start with giving you two basics that should get you in the right direction.

1. You need to add a stylesheet tag in the head of your document that is only for printing, like this:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="print" href="print.css" />

print.css contains:

#footerbuttons {
      display: none;
      }
      
#content {
      width: auto;
      border: 0;
      margin: 5%;
      padding: 0;
      float: none !important;
      }


2. The content that needs to be printed sits inside one div, and the buttons that you don't want printed in another, like this:

<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="print" href="print.css" />
<title>Printing</title>
</head>
<body>
<div id="content">Print Me</div>
<div id="footerbuttons">Don't Print Me</div>
</body>
</html>

Obviously this is quite basic, and not geared to your specific situation as I don't know how your page is set up. But it should give you enough to understand the printing principles when using CSS.
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by:stretch73
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Thanks much G, it was a massive help.

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Your welcome,
G :-)
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