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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.
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.
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.