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Can I make an email printer-friendly?

Last Modified: 2019-03-24
When my mother tries to print her emails, it ends up printing the whole web page that the email is on. This will include the advertisements on the right side as well as her Inbox folders on the left side. As a result (as seen from a screenshot which I’ve shown below), her actual emails (which is the only thing she really wants printed) only occupies a thin column that runs down the middle of the page.
     Is there a way to print her emails in a printer-friendly format so that only the actual email (and nothing else) gets printed.
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I use GMail (web interface) and do NOT have that problem!

When viewing an individual email, if I click on the "Print All" Icon, a separate tab open with just the email and in a "print friendly" manner...

I use the Google Chrome browser, and the GMail web interface...
I suggest she do the same!
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i use often the snnipping tool and copy that into word before printing
Andrew LeniartIT Professional | Freelance Journalist
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Another workaround you can try is to highlight what you want to print, then press Ctrl+P and the Print Preview should only show what you have highlighted. I often do this on web pages where I just want to print a certain part of a web page to a PDF or normal printer. You could give that a try too if your mum is comfortable with highlighting text.

Hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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John, did the above  help you?
give us some feedback plse !
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well - not much of a feedback john

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