How to remove ads in a Web page before printing in Firefox

Printing everything on a Web page can waste a lot of ink. We'll show you how to remove ads and other Web page elements before printing in Firefox.

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Have you ever found something on a Web site that you wanted to print, but you were forced to also print the ads, wasting your precious ink? Even sites that offer printable versions of their pages can contain unwanted ads, images, and menus.

With a Firefox extension called Print-Edit, you can edit elements of a Web page before printing, so you can remove ads or other parts of a Web page that you don't want. Here's how:

Step 1: Install the Print-Edit Firefox extension from Mozilla.

Step 2: When you get to a Web page you want to print, like this recipe, click on the Print-Edit toolbar button and select "Print Edit."

Print Edit toolbar button
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 3: When the Print-Edit editor appears, you'll notice that some of the ad images have already been removed, but the placeholders are still there. To remove it and any other element on the page, click on sections of the page you don't want, then click the "Delete" button.

Remove Web page elements
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 4: When you've got the page looking exactly the way you want, click the Preview button. If you like the way it looks, click Print and you're done.

Print preview
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. A time-saving alternative to deleting every element on the page is selecting only the element you want to keep by using the Delete Except button. If you use Google Chrome, check out Nicole Cozma's post on a similar extension for the Chrome browser.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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