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how to get print selection to work

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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Re: how to get print selection to work

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

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Re: how to get print selection to work

Hi zbsbca,

Have you looked at the Knowledge Base article Fix printing problems in Firefox? There is some good troubleshooting information in there. I would suggest that you try resetting your print settings.

Hopefully this helps!

New User

Re: how to get print selection to work

Hi Matt -

I did look at the Knowledge Base article Firefox prints incorrectly and found nothing along the lines of my problem. I also reset the print settings but am still unable to print a selection. Of note is that this pertains only to email.

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Re: how to get print selection to work

I am using Windows XP and have the same problem with Print Selection printing blank pages when selected print is from emails. When I try to select text from other webpages it cuts off some of the first lines.

Also tried to reset print setting but it did not help.

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Re: how to get print selection to work

I have an HP 2175 all in one printer and since my update I can no longer print "Selection" only! Please help - Wasting a lot of ink printing things I do not need! I tried to reset and also still have the problem! Think I will have to delete the newer version and reload the old one - not else seems to work.

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Re: how to get print selection to work

Any idea how we can get someone at Firefox to seriously look into this issue?

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Re: how to get print selection to work

I am going to report a "BUG" This is the only link I can find! https://bugzilla.mozilla.org

SUMO Contributor

Re: how to get print selection to work

Related discussion going on here with another HP model and Firefox 11: Print Selection no longer working for Firefox only using a HP Laserjet 1100.

dolphinmoon's bug filing: 738373 – I have an HP 2175 all in one printer and since my update I can no longer print "Selection" ....

Another recent bug filing showing progress toward a fix, at least for some scenarios: 736915 – Print Selection prints a blank page when the selection is inside a table in SeaMonkey2.8 & ....

Please note this Bugzilla etiquette: you can register and vote for a bug to be fixed, but please don't post any "me too" or "why hasn't this been fixed" comments. Comments are emailed to the developers listed on teh bug, and "bug spam" can cause people to remove themselves from the bug, which is counterproductive if you want to get it fixed.

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Re: how to get print selection to work

Thank you jscher2000 for attempting to find a solution to this problem. It used to be (before the update last week) really easy to print a paragraph of text instead of the whole page or document. I am no longer able to do this. "Print Selection" is still an option under Print but it prints a blank page. Very inconvenient and huge waste of paper and ink. There has to be a quick solution to this problem.

SUMO Contributor

Re: how to get print selection to work

zbsca, do you have this problem on all pages, or only some? The bug in the process of being fixed involves selections inside an HTML table. Many sites are laid out in HTML tables, although in modern designs, you find far fewer set up that way.

I use pdfFactory, so if I print to PDF I can see immediately whether there is a problem. You could install the evaluation version for debugging. Sorry, didn't notice you were a Mac user. Is there a "print to PDF" option on the Mac?


My usual strategy for printing selections is to use a bookmarklet to remove everything else on the page and then print normally. This old thread has more information: Printing selection.

Note: A faster way to add a bookmarklet is as follows.

First, copy the entire script code to the clipboard. (From the above thread.)

Next, if you are not displaying the Bookmarks Toolbar, use View > Toolbars > Bookmarks Toolbar to display it. (If you aren't displaying the classic menu bar, you can use Alt+v to open the View menu.)

Right-click on the Bookmarks Toolbar and choose New Bookmark.

Paste the code into the Location box (the second box).

Then type a useful name in the Name box (e.g., Crop4Print) and click Add.

Now, when you want to hack the page, click the button to run the script.