Printing Problem in IE
April 26, 2007 1:59 PM   Subscribe

When I print a page in IE, the ends of the lines are often cut off at the right. I've set the left page margin as narrow as possible, but it still happens.

This usually happens when there's an extra column at the left of the web page, but even a purely text page sometimes spills off the right side.

A kludgy workaround is to copy the page into Word, but that means a lot of reformatting.
posted by KRS to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
Did you try File/Page Setup/Orientation=Landscape?
posted by MtDewd at 2:07 PM on April 26, 2007

Are you using IE7? I was under the impression this was fixed that release.
posted by jon4009 at 2:23 PM on April 26, 2007

Seconding the landscape printing method. It's the easiest method to solving this problem, failing a 'Print This Page' link somewhere on the pages you plan to print.
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:24 PM on April 26, 2007

IE7 indeed fixes this longtime bug, but that only helps on systems that can run IE7.

When I'm at work, and I have this trouble printing a page, copy and paste it into Word, then print it.
posted by evilcolonel at 3:16 PM on April 26, 2007

You can select the text and then choose "Selection" under Page Range in the Print dialogue
posted by InfidelZombie at 3:31 PM on April 26, 2007

Also, if you're printing on A4 paper, make sure IE doesn't think it's supposed to be using Letter.
posted by flabdablet at 5:59 PM on April 26, 2007

The best free solution I've found for IE6 is Adrian Bateman's fit-width print plugin.

The direct download link is, which will attempt to install an active x control. Permit the install and you should have a new print button on your IE toolbar that will shrink a website to the selected page size.
posted by sardonista at 6:15 PM on April 26, 2007 [2 favorites]

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