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I have received a list of helpful suggestions from Tuggers to a question I put to them. Is there a trick to printing them out?

I have tried going to 'copy' but all kinds of lines and spaces interfere with the process. What can I do to just print out the font and not all the extra computer business for which I do not know the name?

Thanks
 

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The only way I've found to just print out the "content" and not the rest of the "stuff" is to copy the information I want into a word document and then print that out.
 

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Thanks Luanne.

But don't you get a whole bunch of other letters, icons, lines, and boxes when you press copy?

Do you go through and delete all the extraneous stuff before you print? This is what I have to do and it takes a great deal of time and is not always neatly printed even after all that work.

I wonder if there is a simpler method to this?
 

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A copy and paste information into Word; I do one post at a time to avoid all the extra things.
 

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CutePDF

For things like TUG threads, I always use CutePDF to print to a PDF file.

CutePDF is a free utility that adds a PDF "printer" to your system. You just choose File->print of any document or window (including TUG BBS), and choose CutePDF as the "printer". It then takes over and prompts you for a file name to print to. Easy.

Works great for lots of web-based forms, as well as forms out of applications. Anything that you can print, you can turn into a PDF file.

-Bob
 

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I have received a list of helpful suggestions from Tuggers to a question I put to them. Is there a trick to printing them out?

I have tried going to 'copy' but all kinds of lines and spaces interfere with the process. What can I do to just print out the font and not all the extra computer business for which I do not know the name?

Thanks
Click Thread Tools on the blue line right over the 1st message box in the thread, then select Printable View.

That might not eliminate all the extra lines, etc., but it gets rid of lots of'm.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
 

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I just reread the question and I think my answer did not apply. Sorry.
 
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Thanks Luanne.

But don't you get a whole bunch of other letters, icons, lines, and boxes when you press copy?

Do you go through and delete all the extraneous stuff before you print? This is what I have to do and it takes a great deal of time and is not always neatly printed even after all that work.

I wonder if there is a simpler method to this?

I do what eakhat does. I just copy the information in each post that I want into a word document, then print the word document.
 

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I have received a list of helpful suggestions from Tuggers to a question I put to them. Is there a trick to printing them out?

Thanks

I employ a different technique that you may want to consider. I save the thread or individual messages as a file. Filed in the folder of interest.

To save the entire thread (topic discussed) while in the thread in most browsers just use file --> save as--> pick a description and folder to save to.

More often however one message may summarise or best represent or just hold the information I want to save. In which case click on the message number in the top right of the message screen and that will display that message only, again, a case of, file--> save as .

These messages,with the addition of some files, have become my timeshare knowledge base. I keep them on a memory stick that I can take to work, on vacation, internet cafes, resort PC's etc and have the knowledge available easily.

I do back up to a PC, laptop other memory sticks, DVDs , spare hard drives so as not to loose the knowledge gained.
 

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Creating a PDF file on Mac

For things like TUG threads, I always use CutePDF to print to a PDF file.

CutePDF is a free utility that adds a PDF "printer" to your system. You just choose File->print of any document or window (including TUG BBS), and choose CutePDF as the "printer". It then takes over and prompts you for a file name to print to. Easy.

Works great for lots of web-based forms, as well as forms out of applications. Anything that you can print, you can turn into a PDF file.

-Bob

Saving as PDF is a good idea. Maccers, you don't need to get CutePDF or another utility. PDF is built into the Mac OS. Just choose Print in ANY applications - not just the internet - and at the bottom of the Print window you'll see PDF, click it and choose Save to PDF.

We do that all the time for news articles, pictures, confirmations, formatted files - anything we want to save but not necessarily physically print.
 

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I tried AwayWeGo Alan's suggestion of selecting the printable version on the thread and it worked like a darn! Thank you, I likely never would have found that on my own.

I also like the suggestion of saving the info in a file so that it can be referred to as needed.

Thank you all for your suggestions.
 

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Well, darned if it doesn't! Thanks, Alan. I need to brush up on my observation process.
 
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