PrintFriendly and PDF is a new browser extension for Microsoft Edge which optimizes web pages for printing or PDF creation.
When Microsoft announced extension support for its Edge browser, hopes were high that this would give the browser a much needed boost to close the productivity gap to Chrome or Firefox.
The initial release in 2016, with the Anniversary Update, pushed a handful of extensions to the Store. Not a lot happened afterwards though; there was a trickle of new extensions that Microsoft published via the Windows Store, but nothing substantial and altogether less in the eight or so months since then, than what gets released for Chrome or Firefox in a couple of days.
PrintFriendly and PDF for Microsoft Edge is the latest browser extension for Edge. It is a port of the popular Print Friendly extension for Chrome and Firefox.
The extension supports several features that push it past Edge's own Reading View feature which converts web pages to print friendly pages for better accessibility and printing.
PrintFriendly and PDF offers that functionality, only better. The extension adds an icon to the menu on installation which you can click on to activate its functionality. You can move the icon from the menu to the main toolbar by right-clicking on it in the menu, and selecting the "show next to address bar" option.
The extension cuts all the excess fat of the website in question when activated, so that you end up with the main article only in the end.
It displays print, pdf and email buttons at the top, and hides its other functionality behind a menu icon.
If you click on that, you may increase or decrease the text size of the article, and switch from displaying full size images to large/medium/small images, or no images at all.
Another feature that PrintFriendly and PDF ships with is the ability to remove page elements. Simply hover the mouse cursor over an element, for instance an image, paragraph of text, or other data such as the page's publication date, and hit the "click to delete" option that appears.
The element is removed instantly from the page. Note that you can undo the changes that you make by clicking on menu and selecting the undo option that is displayed there.
You may print what you see on the screen, or save the content to a PDF file instead. The only other option is to email the article to a recipient. The latter did not work during tests on the system I tried the extension on though.
PrintFriendly and PDF extends Edge's own Reader View mode by giving your more control over what is displayed on the screen. It is not really needed if you find Reader View satisfactory already.
You may also use the bookmarklet that Print Friendly has created instead of installing the Edge extension. (via Deskmodder)
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