Thursday, 30 December 2010

Quoting, Printing or Saving parts of webpages

http://www.kwout.com
If you want to quote part of a website which includes graphics (so you can't just highlight it), here's a cool way of doing it! Go to the kwout link and enter the address of the webpage you wish to quote in the box where it says "http:// ...", drag a box over the region of the webpage you wish to quote, click "Cut Out", then choose the options that suit you and copy the code given to embed the image of the chosen area somewhere else on the web.

As for printing parts of a webpages, a very simple trick I only learnt recently is that of highlighting the part you wish to print, then when you print, click on "print selection only". This is a good way of avoiding banners, advertising etc. that usually plague the tops of webpages. Not all browsers have this option though, but some do, such as Firefox.

And one final note, suppose you want to save the selection, but not necessarily print it. Then, again you highlight and "print selection only", but you also check the option "print to file", so instead of printing, the selected part of the webpage will be saved as a file on your computer.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for these precious pieces of information, dear Jamintoo.

    Take care.

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  2. Thank you both! The second of these especially, I really wish I'd known earlier. I should make a list some time of "things I should have known but didn't". (This is reminding me of an old French film where the girl tells the boy... if you want to butter a cracker, put a second cracker underneath it to stop the first from cracking, isn't that good to know? we should teach each other things like that... lol)

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  3. I agree !

    It reminds me of a Weekly Magazine in France.

    It was really well made, because there were so many different Articles and Topics in it. The whole flavour of it was the Home, and everything that touches our daily life, at the practical level.

    And at the end, there was a space for people to send good and sound practical tips like this.
    They would earn a little bit of money for doing that.
    It was called "the Tip of the Week", or something like that.

    My Grandmother used to be subscribed to the Magazine, and everyone enjoyed reading it in turn.

    http://www.femmeactuelle.fr/

    http://www.telechargementz.org/livres/34381-femme-actuelle-n1292-du-29-juin-au-5-juillet-2009.html

    Take care.

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  4. "everyone enjoyed reading it in turn"... universal appeal! But isn't it curious how magazines began as literary journals (e.g. all the famous authors of the 19th century wrote their works for magazines - though this wasn't entirely good, because it meant they were paid by the word so used far more words than necessary), whereas now they are mostly household, fashion, and general eye candy, and in the not too distant future all but a very few will die out altogether because the internet is a cheaper medium.

    As for the movie I was talking about, I've remembered now which one it was... Baisés Envolés - Stolen Kisses (1968)... this is the end of the movie with that scene... ok, it's a spoiler, but it's a pretty straightforward romantic comedy which can't be spoiled by knowing the obvious ending.

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  5. And it's not that "online" can ever replace the feel of magazines, in the same way that magazines never replaced literary journals... it's a shift not of medium, but of how people spend their time! If people spend their free minutes on Facebook for example, it's not necessarily because Facebook provides what they are looking for, it's just because it's a convenient available way of passing a couple of minutes. It's very difficult to become aware of what "draws in our attention" when we're online... if you have any tips for that, I'd be always grateful for them, lol.

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