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Web Page Printing: Date, Time, URL, etc.

Do you like to print out web pages? If so, do you become annoyed at all the header and footer information that gets printed on each and every page? You know, the web address, title, date, mother’s maiden name, etc? Internet Explorer and Firefox let you do this.

Well, with Internet Explorer, you can get that adjusted right out of there, or customize it. Here’s how:

1. Click the File menu, Page Setup.

2. Find the “Headers & Footers” area and remove all the gibberish in the respective fields. Hit OK and there you have it.

If you happen to be using Internet Explorer 8, use this same procedure, but instead of removing the gibberish manually, just use the drop-down boxes to select “none” instead.





Now that will keep the computer from printing out all of your header and footer info, but what if you want some of it? Well, you can do that too, using the parameters below in the header and footer fields:

&w Window title

&u Page address (URL)

&d Date in short format as specified by Regional Settings in Control Panel

&D Date in long format as specified by Regional Settings in Control Panel

&t Time in the format specified by Regional Settings in Control Panel

&T Time in 24-hour format

&p Current page number

&P Total number of pages

&& A single ampersand (&)

&b The text immediately following these characters as centered.

&b&b The text immediately following the first “&b” as centered, and the text following the second “&b” as right-justified.

For example, if you want the header to have the window (page) title and the URL, you would type:

&w &u


If you wanted to make it so it also specified you were the one who printed it, you could put something like:

&w &u Printed by Steve on &d


The only thing you need to keep an eye on is the spacing. To get a single space between items (like &w&u) you need to hit the space bar twice. Experiment and you’ll get it.

In Firefox, you go to File/Page Setup then click the “Margins & Header/Footer” tab. No secret codes needed here like in IE. Just use the drop-down menus to select what information you want left, center, or right.

Let’s say I want the title and URL in the header along with page number and Date/Time in the footer. Here’s how it would look…


If I want the field blank, I choose “–blank–“. If I want to add my own text I choose “Custom” and a box pops up for my text.

When you’re done just click OK.

So, whatever your browser you can add as much or as little info in the header and footer as you want.

~ Steve