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Roll your own print-friendly page

You can copy all or part of a web page from Safari, then paste it (mostly) intact into a new RTF file in TextEdit.app.

Most of the basic text styles and images seem to be retained, and you score yourself a printer- or pdf-friendly version of any selectable portion of a given web page. Trim the extra nav elements from the new file and you’re ready to print. Especially handy if you just want a specific chunk from a long page to read or file offline.

Lofi, but fast, and another example of how well OSX’s applications interact.

Hint: Before copying out of Safari, jack up the text size by hitting “CMD-=” once or twice. Gives tired eyes an easier offline read.

cool update - Jeff at Geekable.com reminds us:

An even better suggestion than copying and pasting: highlight the portion of the website you want in Safari, then go to the Safari menu and select “Services > TextEdit > New Window Containing Selection”.

No copy and paste necessary!

Nice. Thanks, Jeff.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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