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I was trying to decide what to write about for today’s post. It had come down to “Microsoft’s Decides to end the Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld ads” (Too bad) and the “Sarah Palin Runs State Business on Yahoo Mail” (What’s She Thinking?). Each kind of, sort of, interesting in so many ways, but really not fitting for this blog. Or are they? Comments?
What I did decided to write about was a question I received by email on Wednesday:
Very recently the font size in printing email messages has been reduced. I need help in perhaps doubling the present small size. Can you help me? —Thanks, Sarah
Turns out they get their email through Google mail at www.gmail.com using Internet Explorer. So I could give them two different solutions. One “That’s so easy, thanks!”, and one “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that!”
I emailed them the “That’s so easy, thanks” solution, but I’ll share with you the “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that” answer, and, finally, I’ll give you a bonus. Leave a comment and I’ll tell you how to print photos from the web nice and easy.
The “That’s So Easy” Answer using Internet Explorer
If you get you email through a whatever.com web site using your “Internet Explorer” web browser, you can use the “View” menu to increase the “text size” before printing.
- Click the “View” menu
- Click the “Text Size” listing
- Click “Medium”, “Larger”, or “Largest”
- Then use you normal method of printing. (I like to use CTRL + P)
FYI, Medium is the default setting. You might notice a ‘dot’ or ‘checkmark’ on the “Text Size” list. The mark indicates which size your browser is currently using, so just choose a size or two larger than what you’re currently using.
The “That’s Not So Easy” Firefox Answer
Firefox, at least not version 3, doesn’t have a text size option on the View menu. They have a Zoom option, which enlarges text onscreen, but doesn’t affect the print outs. But you can still change the text size for printing with this longer series of clicks.
- Click the “View” menu
- Click “Page Style”
- Click “No Style” (What a difference in looks this makes)
- Click the “Tools” menu
- Click “Options”
- Click the “Content” tab
- Under “Fonts & Colors” change the “Size” to a larger number
- Click “OK” and print as you normally would (Again, CTRL +P works great)
After you print, go back to View >> Page Style and this time choose “Basic Page Style” to make you web look nice again.
The “Cool! I didn’t know you could do that” Word Processor Answer
Okay, so I didn’t prepare you for the Firefox answer, but so many of you use Firefox I couldn’t ignore it.
You can do Internet printing with your word processor. Either with Word or WordPerfect, or any other word processor for that matter.
- Highlight the text you want to print
- Click the “Edit” menu and choose “Copy”
- Start your word processor
- Click the “Edit” menu and choose “Paste”
- Use CTRL + A to highlight everything, and then change the font size
- Now go ahead and print
You can even save it if you think you’ll need it later, and you can delete or erase the portions you don’t need. There are a few more things you could do, but I kept it simple. If you have any questions on this method, feel free to contact me, or better yet, leave a comment below.
Hey, kids, if you decide to use this method when working on your school reports, don’t forget to put it in quotation marks and footnote it. You wouldn’t want to be accused of plagiarism, would you? That goes for you college kids, too, they can kick you out for that. For your own personal use though there’s no need to worry about plagiarism.
Bonus Answer: Printing Select Text Online
Ever print something from the web and said to yourself, “I didn’t want to print all of that.” Well, you don’t have to print everything. You could use the method I outlined above for your word processor, and erase the parts you don’t want before printing, but if you just want a few continuous sentences or paragraphs there’s an easy way to do it.
- Highlight the text you want to print out. (If you highlight too much, just try again.
- Click the “File” menu and choose “Print” (Or use CTRL + P as an alternative)
- In the “Print Range” section choose “Selection”
- Click OK
That’s a great technique, all you’ve got to do is remember it. You could always try using it on this article, then you’ll have a copy for future use.
Okay, now for that picture printing trick —Oops! I said I wanted to see some comments posted first. So please post your comments and I’ll show you the picture printing trick. Or you can share you own printing tips in the comments, too.
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