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Depending upon the browser you are using, when you print off a web page you have visited there is some convenient text added to the top and bottom of the printed page.

In the upper-left-hand corner you will usually find the TITLE of the page. For instance, if you print off this page you will see a header labeled “WEB PAGE PRINTING OPTIONS.”
In the upper-right-hand corner you will usually find the page number along with the total number of pages to be printed. If the web page needs to be printed on more than one sheet of paper the second number reflects the total number of pages to be printed.
In the lower-left-hand corner you will usually find the URL address of the page being printed. The print-out of this page will read http://www.mrkent.com/print/headers/index.htm.
In the lower-right-hand corner you will usually find the date on which you have printed the web page.

Although these bits of information are usually good to have for reference, they can sometimes be bothersome. For instance, the free online accounting application for small churches provided on mrkent.com titled “His Money” will display the URL address at the bottom of all printed pages by default. When a church sends out the year-end contribution report to its members they will see the URL address of the page from which their report was generated. Not only does this look un-professional, it may prompt someone to try to access the data by typing in that URL address on their home computer. (They will find that without being able to log in as an administrator the page will only generate an error.) The URL address CAN and should be eliminated.

This web page teaches you how to eliminate or modify all of your printed web pages.

The first thing you need to know is that the printed headers and footers are only able to be modified from the client's computer. They cannot be controlled by the webmaster creating the web page. The computer you are using to see this page IS a client computer.

Over ninety-percent of the visitors to this site are using Microsoft Internet Explorer so we will only be discussing how to modify its printer settings. If you are using any other browser you should be able to find the same information by clicking on the Printer Options or Page Setup.

A Word of Warning!

Once you make any changes to the header / footer settings in your printer setup section, they will remain and not revert back to the default settings. Therefore you may want to copy and paste the default settings into a notepad file and save it where you can easily locate it and restore the defaults.

Begin by clicking on the down-arrow displayed near the printer icon in the upper-right-hand corner of your browser.
A menu will be displayed containing the option: “Page Setup.” Click on that option.
Next, a dialog box will appear labeled “Page Setup.” The middle section of this dialog box contains the codes used by your printer to create the headers and footers.
If you are using Internet Explorer 8 your dialog box will look like this:

If you want NO headers or footers on your print-out simply remove all of the text in the boxes shown in the dialog box. If you are using Internet Explorer 8 choose the selection labeled "-Empty-".

If you intend to save those codes simply drag your mouse through each, one-by-one, right-click above the highlighted text and select “Copy” from the menu displayed. Next, click on the “Start” button in the task bar of your computer. When the menu pops up click on the word, “Run.” In the window that opens type the word, “notepad.” When Notepad opens, right-click in the white space and select “Paste” from the menu. After you have copied and pasted both the header and footer into your notepad, save it where you can easily retrieve it.

Once you have finished the above task (If you wish to save the default setting) you simply delete the codes from the text boxes in the Header and Footer section. When those text boxes are empty no headers or footers will be printed whenever you print off a web page.

So, what do these codes mean and how can you improve the appearance of your printed web pages by using them? The table below provides a list of the codes, in alphabetical order, and the functions they each perform.

Keep in mind that, unless you are using Internet Explorer 8, you can type any text into the Header/Footer section of your browser's Page Setup section and whatever you type will be displayed when printed. If you want to mix and match your text along with the date, the page title, the time of printing, etc. then you will want to review the options below.

If you are using Internet Explorer 8 you can select the options for headers and footers from the drop-down lists in the Page Setup dialog box.

The ampersand (&) is the character that talks to your printer. Therefore, each code is preceded by an ampersand.

&& If you need to use the ampersand in your header or footer If you want a header to say something like “This & That” you would need to type “This && That.”
&b Aligns any text it precedes to the right of the page If you want a page number to show on the right-hand side of the page you would type: “Page &p”
&b &b Aligns any text between the two in the center of the page. If you wish to have the page title centered you would type: “&b&w&b” (If you keep the page number aligned to the right and center the title type: &b&b&w&b)
&D Displays a longer date format Your date would be printed as:
&d Displays a shorter date format Your date would be printed as:
&p Displays the current page number Displays the current page number.
&P Displays the total number of pages that printed Displays the total number of pages printed.
&T Displays the 24-hour time format of the time of printing the page Displays the 24-hour format for the time of printing:
NOTE: This may only be true if your operating system clock is set to display the 24-hour time display.
&t Displays the time of printing Displays the 12-hour format for the time of printing:
&u Displays the URL address of the web page printed Includes the complete internet address of the web page being printed: http://www.mrkent.com
&w Displays the Web Page Title The title that appears in the blue title bar at the very top of the browser.