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how to get print selection to work

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I am unable to get the print select to work on Firefox 11.o. I am able to click on print select but nothing prints. Aside from uninstalling 11.0 to an older version, are there any fixes? I use a mac os x version 10.7.3. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I downloaded the new version this morning and it is now working! Yeah! Thanks for addressing this problem!

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Hi mallard, yes, for as long as I can remember, Firefox preserves the position of the selection on the page when printing it. It's an extra step to take, but I use a bookmarklet to resolve that issue. If you scroll up to my long reply about a month ago (on page 1 of this thread), I posted more details on that.

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Hi jscher2000, Thank you very much for taking the trouble to reply. I followed your threads and it has worked perfectly. I am delighted! I have used Firefox for some time now and my selections always printed at the top of the page until I downloaded Firefox 11. It was not a problem before. Many thanks. Success!!

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Yes, FF12 seemed to have fixed the "print selection" problem of FF11. It looks though we now have a potential new problem related to the top print margin.

Say, we want to select printing from a multi-page internet document. In case we start to select near the top of that page, it prints the selection sort of as marked. But if we select say from the middle of the first page, the actual print will start at the middle of a page, rather than at the preset general top print margin. (The top half of the printed page is blank). It looks as if the (printed) top margin now is its relative location (top to bottom) on the internet page.

BTW: Everything described above worked fine before FF11.

The operating system is XP, Printer Canon MX700.

Thank you..

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It looks as if the (printed) top margin now is its relative location (top to bottom) on the internet page.

Hi RolfBeyer, I have often had that issue in Firefox over the years, although depending on the page layout and styles, I've also seen the opposite problem (elements have a negative margin that pushes them into the unprintable top part of the page).

My workaround has been to use a bookmarklet as described in my long reply on the first page of this thread. I realize that's inconvenient, but at the time I wrote it, my alternative was to copy/paste into Word, so it was a relative improvement...

I can't recall whether there is an official bug to change how print selection positions the selected text on the printed page, but it might be worth searching for.

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Hi jscher2000, Thank you very much for sending your observations and and suggestions related to my post. I'll try them..

Reading your earlier posts regarding the FF "print selection" issue. I'm a bit surprised to see that this issue has been around for some time.

I have been using FF very successfully for many years. My problem seemed to appear just recently and with FF11, (blank pages) and FF12 (top margin). Just my observation - not a complaint.

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Reading your earlier posts regarding the FF "print selection" issue. I'm a bit surprised to see that this issue has been around for some time.

Upon further testing, it does seem much more extreme now.


This might be easier than the bookmarklet: the add-on Nuke Anything Enhanced has the option to remove everything except your selected text from the page. Then you can print normally (i.e., without choosing the Selection bubble). I don't see a feature to undo that, so you would need to reload the page afterwards in order to continue working with it.

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Sequence of screen shots using Nuke Anything Enhanced.

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Hi jscher2000. Thank you very much for suggesting Nuke Anything Enhanced and even sending a demo. I'm glad you did and your efforts are much appreciated.

What a slick add-on. I like it. This will solve my "print selection problems".

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I don't find the Print Selection bug fixed in FF 12. The bug remains at least when tried to print to - PDF-Creator PDF-Creator <or> - HP Laserjet M1522n (PCL 6 driver)

I use the "Print Selection" method in regular basis at work so something similar, straight forward method, is required. (FF 12 / Finnish language and Win 7 Pro 64-bit).

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Hi tsonen, can you provide a URL or two to sites where print selection doesn't work, indicating which part of the page you're selecting?

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Hi jscher2000, here is an example: lounaslista.htm I select for example from "Maanantai" to "Tervetuloa lounaalle!"

Most of the pages I use "Print selection" method are https behind username and password so I cannot provide links.

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You're right, I have the same problem with lounaslista.htm. That page has a bizarre Microsoft Office-generated layout, which probably isn't a part of anyone's testing for patches. Perhaps the code fix missed something that needed for this kind of page? I don't know the details of the fix. I'm going to look into this a bit more after hours.

Edit: The print selection bug now says "reopened" - 736915 – Print Selection prints a blank page when the selection is inside a table in SeaMonkey2.8 & Firefox11 and later.

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