Printing webpages in Internet Explorer 9: frequently asked questions

The following are answers to commonly asked questions about printing in Internet Explorer.

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Why is the 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. To fix this, try 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?" later in this topic for more information.

  • Click the Tools button Tools button, point to Print, and then click Print preview. From the Change Print Size menu, choose Custom. 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 on the printed document.

How can I improve legibility when printing webpages?

It might be helpful to stop printing background colors and images. Here's how.

To stop printing background colors and images in Internet Explorer 9

  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 Tools button Tools button, point to Print, and then click Page setup.
  3. Clear the Print Background Colors and Images check box, and then click OK.

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 factor 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 these steps:

  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 then select the content you want to print.

  3. Click the Tools button Tools button, point to Print, and then click Print.
  4. In the Print dialog box, click Selection, and then click Print.