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Printing and Downloading Tips

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It would be nice if we could say that our web site had only one style and was totally consistent throughout.  Unfortunately, that isn't the case.  Our web site has been on the Internet since 1997 and since that time there have been many advancements in how the Internet works.  We have followed many of the enhancements in publishing on the Internet.  Currently, we use a content management system (CMS) and publish our web pages using this system.  Most of the web pages in our site use html and the content management system.  Some of the web pages in our site could not be easily updated into a CMS.  These web pages have a single large image that contains all the meaningful images and text on the page and is wrapped at top, left and below with links provided by the CMS.  Because of the two basic technologies used in our web site, there isn't a single technique that works for printing the meaningful data on the page. 

Because the meaningful data on each web page is wrapped in a frame of links provided by the CMS, it is important to only print the meaningful data and not the frame of links.  On many of our web pages, many printed pages of meaningful data are provided on a single web page.  For other web pages, the images from our old web site are framed by the CMS.  For both styles of web pages, it is best to print a selection of our web site and not to print the whole page.  Please see the tips below for insight into how to print our web pages.  In particular note Tip#4 about printing a selection of the web page. 

TIP #1PLEASE BE PATIENT

Please allow plenty of time for downloading and printing.  These files are larger than normal to provide maximum printing quality.  You can see if data is being transferred in Windows by clicking on the icon in the right side of the task bar.

 

TIP #2 - SET PAGE MARGINS TO .3" IN THE PORTRAIT ORIENTATION

Using the FILE drop down menu and the command "Page Setup", set the left and right margins on your page to 0.3 inches.  Set the top and bottom margins to 0.3 inches also.  All pages are designed to be printed in the Portrait orientation.  After completing your Page Setup use the FILE drop down menu and the "Print Preview" command to view your printed page.  For some of our web pages you will want to print only page one of two, as the information on page 2 of 2 will be web navigation information only. 

 

TIP #3 - USE A CURRENT BROWSER

These web pages were designed to print using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.  If you have problems printing, we suggest you upgrade to these free browsers.  In many cases, this will solve your printing problems.  We have found that Firefox will resolve virtually all printing problems. 

 

TIP #4 - PRINT A "SELECTION" OF THE INFORMATION ON THE PAGE

With many of the modern web browsers you have the option to Print a selection on a page.  To do this, use your mouse to highlight the portion of the page you want to print then select the drop down menu command "File" followed by the command "Print".  In the box that appears, select the button associated with the word "Selection".  This will print only that portion of the page that is highlighted.  We suggest printing from the start of the applicable text on the page to the page number for the page.  This captures the meat of the page and eliminates the Internet header and footer that don't add to your printed page.  This won't work for all pages in our web site but it should work for most.  If this doesn't work proceed to tip #5. 

 

TIP #5TO PRINT FULL PAGES, TURN ON "FIT TO PAGE", THEN PRINT

Many printers have a setting called "Fit to Page".  Normally this setting is "Off".  To turn this setting on, you first view the page you want to print, then select "File" then "Print" from the drop down menus.  This will open the Printer dialogue box.  With IE 6.0, look for a tab labeled "Layout" and select this tab.  Within this tab, select the button "Advanced".  Look for the menu item "Fit to Page" and set this item to "letter" or "yes".   Select "OK" and return to the "General" Printer dialogue box.  Select "Print" and cross your fingers.  

 

TIP #6 - IF YOU STILL CAN'T PRINT A FULL PAGE, Try This (It works most of the time):

If you still have problems printing the entire page, (some printers cut off the bottom of the page), then try placing your mouse in the center of the text/graphics of the page and right click with your mouse.  With Windows programs this will bring up a menu.  Select "Print" or "Print Picture" from this menu.  For many of our web pages this will resolve the problem.

 

TIP #7 - IF YOU STILL CAN'T PRINT A FULL PAGE, SAVE THE PAGE THEN PRINT

If you still have problems printing the entire page, (some printers cut off the bottom of the page), then try downloading (saving) the file on your computer before printing.  This is done by viewing the page you want to save, then selecting "Edit" then "Select All" from the drop down menu.  When the entire page is highlighed, then select "Flle" and "Save As".  Save the file to a location on your computer and with a name you will remember. 

After downloading, open the file on your computer, and print as in step 4 above.

 

 



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