Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about printing in Internet Explorer.

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Why is my text so small when I print?

When you print a webpage, Internet Explorer shrinks the content of the webpage to fit the width of your paper. If the webpage is wide, reducing the text size to fit the page can cause the text to be unreadably small. You can work around this by trying one of the following:

  • Change print orientation to landscape.

  • Select portions of the webpage and print them separately. See the question "How do I print specific parts of a webpage?" that appears later in this topic to learn how to do this.

  • Click the arrow next to the Print button Picture of the Print button with arrow, click Print Preview, and then click Custom in the Change Print Size list. Specify how large you would like the webpage to be printed by setting a percentage in the Custom Size text box. This will enlarge the printed size of the entire webpage, but it might result in some of the webpage being cut off in the printed document. For more information about print preview, see Preview the appearance of a printed webpage.
    1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

    2. Click the arrow next to the Print button Picture of the Print button with arrow, and then click Print Preview.
    3. In the Change Print Size list Picture of the Change Print Size button, click Custom.
    4. In the Custom Size text box, specify how large you want the webpage to be printed by setting a percentage. This will enlarge the printed size of the entire webpage, but it might result in some of the webpage being cut off in the printed document.

For more information about print preview, see Preview the appearance of a printed webpage

How can I improve legibility when printing webpages?

To improve legibility when printing webpages, it might be helpful to stop printing background colors and images. That way, the text will stand out more clearly.

To stop printing background colors and images

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the arrow next to the Print button Picture of the Print button with arrow, and then click Page Setup.
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, clear the Print Background Colors and Images check box, and then click OK.

Why don't I see the Print dialog box when I click the Print button?

When you click the Print button in Internet Explorer, the webpage is printed directly to your default printer. If you want to choose printing options before the page is sent to the printer, do one of the following:

  • Click the arrow next to the Print button Picture of the Print button with arrow, and then click Print.
  • Right-click the webpage, and then click Print.

  • Click the arrow next to the Print button, click Print Preview, and then print from the preview.

  • Click the File menu, and then click Print.

Why doesn't Shrink To Fit work when I print some webpages?

Some webpages specify exactly where text should print on the page. If the webpage you're printing specifies exactly where the text should print, Shrink To Fit will not work. You can work around this problem by setting a custom scale in print preview. For more information about print preview, see Preview the appearance of a printed webpage.

How do I print specific parts of a webpage?

If you want to print only a specific part of a webpage (instead of printing the whole thing), follow the steps below.

To print selected webpage content

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.

  2. Go to the webpage and select the content you want to print.

  3. Click the arrow to the right of the Print button Picture of the Print button with arrow, and then click Print.
  4. In the Print dialog box, click Selection, and then click Print.

Can I print multiple selections at once?

No, you can only print one selection at a time.

Why do I have to reset the print options every time I open Internet Explorer?

Printing changes made within Internet Explorer are always temporary. To make changes permanently, you need to change them in Windows. For information about changing Windows print options, see Choosing print options.

Why do some types of content not print when I print a webpage?

Some multimedia content (such as videos, slide shows, or content created with Adobe Flash) does not print when you print a webpage. To print this type of content, right-click the image or control, and then click Print. Be aware that not all websites will let you print this type of content, due to copyright restrictions. If the Print option is not available, the website will not let you print the content.

Why won't my webpages print?

Internet Explorer uses the same Windows printing capabilities that other programs use. Your printer must be correctly installed and working in Windows to be able to print webpages. If your printer isn't working with Internet Explorer, try it with a different program, such as your word processor or spreadsheet program.