Back in 2007 I looked at two Firefox add-ons to prepare websites before printing them. Preparing in this case meant to remove unnecessary elements like advertisement, chat boxes or sidebar links from the page to save printer ink and get only the relevant information on a printed page (see best way to print websites).
At least one of the extensions mentioned in the guide, Aardvark, has not been updated in recent times. The last update dates back to February 2010 which more or less means that the extension is no longer actively developed and some users have noticed incompatibilities with recent versions of the Firefox web browser.
That's the main reason that Hack The Web was created. The Firefox add-on offers a similar functionality when compared to Aardvark as it can be used to remove page elements from the active website.
Whenever you want to print a page you can right-click on the page and select to start Hack the Web. Another option that you have is to display the button of the extension in a toolbar to activate it with a click on it instead.
You will notice then that page elements are highlighted with a red border when you move the mouse cursor over them.
The highlighted element is removed when you click the left mouse button. You can alternative press the r key to do the same. If you have deleted a page element by accident you can get it back by pressing u for undo. Other keys of interest are w for making the element wider, n for narrower, d for removing the width limit of the element, l for turning the background color to white, b for black on white text and I for removing all elements but the selected element. The q key quits the editing mode.
Please note that all page elements will reappear if you reload the page or click on a link to open another page.
Once you are done editing you can print the remaining elements of the web page on the printer or save it in its current state if you only want to save the information that remain on the screen after you have made your modifications.
Firefox users can download and install the Hack The Web extension from the official Firefox Add-on repository.
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