HP Smart Web Printing

Martin Brinkmann
May 24, 2008
Updated • Feb 8, 2014
Software, Windows

If you only want to print part of a web page, you have a couple of options on how to do so. It is for instance possible to highlight the area of the site that you want to print, and use the print highlighted area option to print only it and nothing else.

Depending on which browser you use, you may also be able to use extensions that aid you when it comes to the printing of select contents.

Firefox users can use Print Edit for example to edit the page they want to print and remove all elements on it that they do not want printed.

HP Smart Web Printing (thanks Archer for the tip) is another program that you can use for that. It is available for Firefox and Internet Explorer, and adds a button to the browser after installation.

Depending on how you have configured your browser, you may see it right away, or may need to customize the interface first before it becomes available.If you are using a relatively new version of Internet Explorer, you may also need to allow the add-on explicitly before it becomes available.Once done, all you have to do is click on the HP Smart Print icon to start the print job. The program determines the area of the page automatically that you want to print so that you do not have to highlight specific areas of the page before anymore.You can change the dimensions however at any time to include more or less contents on the print out.Update: Please note that HP Smart Print appears to be incompatible with newer versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox. The official homepage states that it is only compatible with Internet Explorer 6 or higher, but that seems to include only versions up to IE 10. A test using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 failed. While the extension was installed in the browser, a click on the icon did not have any result.There is also a difference between HP Smart Web Printing, a legacy version that only supports 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer 6 to 8, and HP Smart Print, a version that supports 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer up to version 10.To make matters even more confusing, there is also the Chrome extension HP Smart Print, which adds the functionality to Google's web browser as well.


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  1. William A. Johns said on April 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I was directed to your page when trying to download HP smart web printing only to find out I downloaded some other crap (driver update). People who practice this DECEPTIVE form of sales are little more than thieves and I would never purchase anything from you. Why not just go out and snatch purses from old ladies? At least then the world would know what you really are! Sincerely, Bill

  2. Shirley said on August 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Please try to get HP Smart Web Printing working with Chrome Google.
    I really miss it. Thank you.

  3. Christopher Lynch said on November 22, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Hello,I am trying to find out how to find HP Smart select Web Printing on my Firefox.
    Sorry but i am not all that computer literate.
    I have downloaded it but can’t find it.

    1. Gym said on October 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm

      I had the same problem. It shows up in the list of Firefox add-ons, but there is no toolbar button, and no way to access any of the functionality or options. If you try to customise your toolbar, there is no icon for it there either. All you can do is disable or enable the add-on through the Tools. Wonderful.

      1. marko said on November 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm

        I have the same problem.
        If you try to customise your toolbar, there is no icon for it there either. All you can do is disable or enable the add-on through the Tools.
        Firefox 3.5.5., Win7 64bit

  4. Bruno said on May 25, 2008 at 2:40 am

    at home I use Canon Easy-WebPrint a perfect tool for me (with less feature), but it works only with IE and Canon printers, btw I can’t use it at work so I’ll try HP Smart Web Printing.


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