Creating a printer-friendly version of drupal articles

Wed, 2010-02-24 11:47 -- admin

In this tutorial we'll show you how to add a "Print This Page" button to Drupal. The main reason you'd want to do this is as a courtesy for your readers. Many still print things they read online and you don't want them to waste that expensive printer ink just to print your logo and theme as well as the article.

Without this solution you'd likely need to create a separate CSS file with styles specifically for the printed page.  Fortunately the Print Module makes this much easier. It will automatically create a printer-friendly version of each page. As an added bonus and it can also do "Email to a Friend" and "Download as a PDF" link (if your server has the correct features).
 

Installing the Print Module to Your Drupal Site

  • Step 1: Click here to download the latest version of the "Print Module".
  • Step 2: Extract the files into a folder on your desktop. The folder will be called simply "print".
  • Step 3: Login to your site's files via FTP and navigate to /sites/all/. If there isn't a folder called /modules/ here, create one.
  • Step 4: Upload the "print" folder to /sites/all/modules/
  • Step 5: Go to Administer >> Site building >> Printer, e-mail and PDF versions. Check the box next to each of the features that you'd like to enable:

Placing Your Print Button on Your Articles

Now that module is installed we can go to Administer >> Site configuration >> Printer, e-mail and PDF versions and configure the options.

  • "Content corner" will move the print option to the top-right of the article.
  • "Icon only" will use a small printer button instead of the full text: "Printer-friendly version".
  • "Use URL alias instead of node ID" will use friendly URLs rather than /node/48.
  • "Open the printer-friendly version in a new window" is a good idea as people won't have lose track of the original Drupal page.
  • "Send to printer" will send the article directly to the printer without any more clicks being needed.