WeâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ve all been there. You want to print out a newspaper article about your nonagenarian neighborâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s prize-winning poinsettia, and you accidentally deplete your printerâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s color ink and paper supply printing out a six-page HooterâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s ad. And the poinsettia article is cut off at the margins. Rats!
Sure, some sites have a printer-friendly interface. But even they sneak in advertisements at their own discretion and often cut out the sweet photos you wanted to keep.
Aptly named PrintWhatYouLike does just what it says, giving you point-and-click options to tailor and print a page just like you want it. All you have to do is enter the website address and get to work. Delete the background, cut photos and ads, expand or narrow the printable area and even adjust the point size. ItâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s like âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬Pimp my RideâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ meets Dunder Mifflin.
I tried out customizing a few ESPN.com pages and even my Alma MaterâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s website with glowing results. I zapped photos, super-sized captions and deleted wasteful backgrounds. However, when I tried a few, newer sites, I couldnâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t get PrintWhatYouLike to recognize the addresses.
But, you know what, PrintWhatYouLike is a green, mean and printing machine that shouldnâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t be given nickel-and-dime criticism. ItâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s also free, with no clear revenue path in sight or alluded to. And thatâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s something to applaud.