When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit
on a Print-Out
A reader wrote to say she went to her son's Web site to download some family photos. —
but, since the pictures were in two columns, only those on the left side of the page would fit on
a print-out, while those on the right got cut off.
This is not an uncommon problem, since Web pages are rarely laid out in a standard
8.5" x 11" format. However, there are different ways to compensate for this.
The following steps can make multiple pictures fit on regular typewriter-size paper:
While viewing a Web page containing pictures, right-click each one and choose
Give each picture a name (or accept its current name) and click OK.
This will place each image inside your "Pictures"
or "My Pictures"folder.
Using Your Word Processing Program to Manage Print-Outs
Launch your favorite word processing program and go to File>Page Setup,
where I suggest setting all margins to .8" (8/10 of an inch from the edges).
Next go to Insert>Text Box, and draw a rectangle of the approximate size and shape
you expect a photo to be. With the cursor inside this box, go to Insert>Picture,
followed by browsing to one of your downloaded images. The text box "frame" will
adjust to fit comfortably around the picture's edges.
You can insure a perfect fit by clicking the frame and going to
Format>Size>100%, where you can also opt to make the frame invisible
by choosing Colors & Lines>Line>No Color.
The main advantage of having an image inside a Text Box is that you can
place it wherever you want it on a page. Unframed images behave just like text characters
and move along with your typing.
If you prefer to print one Web page picture to a sheet, you can right-click it and
choose Print Picture. No need to bother with your word processor.
Cropping a Picture Can Save Money
Bear in mind, however, that printing any picture "as is" can use up a
lot of expensive colored ink. If you download a picture of a new grandchild who is centered
in a photo, give some thought to "cropping" the image and printing just the important part.
I prefer Irfanview
which is automatically in the "selection/crop" mode when a picture is opened
by the program. Draw a box around the important area and click the Scissors icon.
Finally, click the Paste icon and go to File>Print or to File>Save As.
You can also make a very large picture smaller by going to Image>Resize/Resample
and specifying other dimensions or a percentage of the original size.
(The "Image>Resize/Resample" command varies among different
bitmap-editors. In Windows Paint it's shown as
"Image>Stretch & Skew.")
Word Processing Files with Pictures Can Be Very Large
Getting back to printing photos on a word processing page — this is fine for
print-outs, but emailing an MSWord document filled with photos is NOT recommended.
Graphics-laden word processing files tend to be very, very large and can take much longer
to upload and download than pictures sent as individual JPG files. Also, a carefully cropped picture will always travel much faster than its overstuffed original.
Using "File>Print Preview" to
See How a Print-Out Will Look
Getting back to Internet printing, if you do want to print a Web page directly from its site,
you can go to File>Print Preview to see if and how it will fit on a standard
typewriter page. If it is too wide, causing items to extend beyond the page's right edge,
you can do one of two things:
You can download the entire page into your "Documents" folder by going to
File>Save As. Inside "Documents" you will find another
folder which contains all the graphics on your target page. You will also find an
"HTM" file with a name corresponding to name of the Web page and the new folder.
Double-clicking this file will open it in Internet Explorer and display the target page
just as it appeared on the Web.
You can then pick and choose which text and/or images to copy and paste into you
favorite word processor, where you can then reformat everything to suit yourself.
For instance, you can change font styles and/or their sizes to make them more legible.
You can also use Irfanview or Picasa (or the bitmap-editor of your choice)
to crop and/or resize any of the downloaded images.
Getting back to File>Print Preview, this command is available in
Internet Explorer and in Google Chrome but not in the AOL browser. However, AOL users are not
obligated to use their built-in browser for everything — they can switch to
IE or Chrome whenever they want.