7 Plugins to Print This Post

Often I’ll go to a site and start reading a blog post and know that I really, really want a copy of that post. I want to be able to print it out. I want to be able to highlight important parts. I want to add it to a swipe file of information I collect for education and inspiration.

Some blog owners make it super simple for me to grab the post and print it out. Other’s don’t. When they don’t it means that I have to copy and paste into a text file and spend time removing stuff. That’s time that I could have spent leisurely digesting the info with my pink highlighter in hand.

To make it easier for readers to save your content and print it out you can add a print plugin to your site. All the plugins listed below are free in the WordPress repository and I’ve tested them all out using the Twenty Thirteen theme and WordPress 3.6. I should also mention that the top 7 of print friendly WordPress plugins does not include plugins that you can use to turn your posts into a pdf and focuses on printing only.

Print Friendly & PDF

One of my favorites. Just install it and activate it to use. You can go to Settings/Print Friendly & PDF to customize the icon buttons and text, color, size and positioning. It’s a great little plugin that gives the visitor the option of printing, creating a pdf or emailing the content.

The only downside for me is that it doesn’t include comments. Sometimes, I find the comments very worthwhile and worthy of swiping as well.

print friendly pdf wordpress plugin

Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly
by Print, PDF, & Email by PrintFriendly

Benefits For Publishers

  • Professional: highly polished, stable, and supported.
  • Stylish lightbox (no annoying new tabs or window).
  • Ultimate, Print, PDF, Email experience for your users.
  • Works on HTTP, HTTPS, and password protected sites.
  • Help people save money and the environment.
  • Full featured and free (ad supported) or Pro Service.

Benefits for End-Users

  • Save paper and ink when you print
  • Change the text and image size
  • Edit the page by clicking to remove text or images before print or PDF. (Optional feature publishers can choose.)
  • PDF with clickable links
  • Custom paper sizes (A4 or Letter) for PDF

Customization

  • Print, PDF, Email, options can be on or off.
  • Custom headers and footers for the print and PDF.
  • Button styles to choose, or use your own text and image/button.
  • Include a copyright on print and PDF.
  • Use your own CSS for complete creative control or the print or PDF page.
  • Use the JavaScript or non-JavaScript option.

Free – Ad Supported

This highly polished, professional plugin is free to use and fully functional. We maintain, improve, and offer support to all users.
You get all this for free, and in return tasteful ads are displayed in a non-interfering way.
Ads are only shown in the print/pdf/email confirmation window. No other ads are displayed or embedded in the content, or snuck in anywhere else.
For example, click here to see image

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Localized in 30 Languages

PrintFriendly & PDF speaks your language! It detects (based on browser setting) the end-users language and automatically changes language. For example, if your browser is set to Spanish, then PrintFriendly will use Spanish.

A few of our supported languages:

  • Danish
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Estonian
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Croatian
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Dutch/Netherlands
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Serbian
  • Swedish
  • Thailand
  • Turkish
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional

PrintFriendly and PDF is the #1 print optimization technology, as featured in Lifehacker, Mashable & makeuseof.

Give PrintFriendly & PDF a test drive at PrintFriendly.com

Print, PDF, Email Privacy & Data

PDFs are generated on our server; this plugin “phones home”. Also if the end-user shares the page via email, the email is sent by our server.

Our Fundamental Principles:

  • We do not sell data. Period.
  • We do not share data, unless compelled by the law.
  • We do not ask for personal information, unless it’s needed to provide a service.
  • We don’t store personal information, unless required for the on-going operation of service.

Specifically, here’s what we do with the data and information:

Page content is not sent or stored on server, except to generate the PDF. After the PDF is generated, we temporarily store the PDF to allow the end-user time to download. After this time has expired, the PDF is permanently deleted.

If you’re using the non-JavaScript option in the plugin, then the preview is generated on our server and temporarily stored in cache for a few minutes. After that time it is permanently deleted.

Email Address & Content get permanently deleted In order to send the email, we need to store the email address and message on our server. After the email has been sent and found not to be a spammer, the email address is permanently deleted.

Server log files get created and deleted. Browsers and Servers pass non-personally-identifying information, such as the browser type, language, referrer, and the date/time. We may use this data to analyze how the service is being used. Non-personally-identifying aggregate data may get published, e.g., by a report on trends in the usage of the service.

Stats:

  • Current version: 3.12.5
  • Rating: 76(162 ratings)
  • Downloaded 1,266,793 times

Universal Post Manager

This plugin is packed with features! Not only can you print the post but you also can choose to have options of downloading the post in pdf, xml, doc or html format as well! In addition to the printing features you can also turn on social sharing and polls. Once you install the plugin you will see a new menu called Post Manager where you can customize the settings.

If you have elected to have all the print and save options it will display on your site like so:

universal post manager wordpress plugin interface
If you elect to use bookmarks and social sharing you will be able to choose from a range of icons or upload your own.

universal post manager bookmarks display

It really is a fully featured plugin and it’s difficult to believe that it is free

universal_post_manager_display

You can read more about it here:

Printer Friendly WP

This plugin has very little to customize. You simply have the choice of having a print button on posts, pages or both. That’s it! You will then see a cute little printer icon at the end of each page/post.

printer friendly wp output

Printer-Friendly WP
by royaldeerdesign.com

This plugin adds an icon to all posts which links to Print-Friendly page with a content of the post. This plugin is very simple to use and very easy to modify, so with a little bit of coding skills you can customize a look of the Print-Friendly page.

“Sites that use the plugin: http://www.zemocigs.com/”

Plugin support: http://www.royaldeerdesign.com/

Stats:

  • Current version: 0.0.4
  • Rating: 40(1 ratings)
  • Downloaded 784 times

Print What You Like

Once you install and activate the plugin you can customize it by going to Settings/PrintWhatYouLike. You”ll find that you can customize the look and display easily. Advanced users can also customize the way their blog is formatted for printing.

printwhatyoulike

PrintWhatYouLike
by Cassie Schmitz

The PrintWhatYouLike button generates a printer friendly version of your blog. The reader will also have the option to save the page as a PDF, customize how the page is printed, or undo all the changes to page and restore the page to its original state. This is great way for readers of your blog to save paper and ink when printing.

By default, the PrintWhatYouLike button will automatically format your blog for printing. If you want to customize how your blog is formatted for printing, you can create a print layout for your blog. Sign up for a free PrintWhatYouLike account at http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/users/new to create your print layout.

Support

Email us at [email protected]

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.6
  • Rating: 20(1 ratings)
  • Downloaded 12,618 times

Clean Save

this is another feature rich plugin. Not only can you save the file to your computer, google drive, dropbox or kindle but you can also save a pdf, print or email it. Two things I really like about this plugin is that not only can you edit the article to keep the bits you most want to remember but you can also append a logo to the clean print output file so your branding stays with the user. So many choices for visitors …

clean save wordpress plugin

CleanSave
by Format Dynamics

The best saving tool is now available on WordPress. Join top sites like NBC News, CNN, Disney and Fox Sports and offer your users a simple saving experience that keeps them coming back to your site.

How CleanSave Works

Users can easily edit content, save to PDF or a Text file or upload to their Kindle, Dropbox, Box or Google Drive.

  1. User activates CleanSave by hitting the save button
  2. Content preview appears including editing and output tools for optimization
  3. User selects desired output:
    • PDF – Saves content as a PDF document
    • Text – Saves content as a rich text formated file
    • Dropbox – Saves a PDF or text file to your Dropbox account
    • Box – Saves a PDF or text file to your Box account
    • Google Drive – Saves a PDF or text file to your Google Drive account
    • Kindle – Saves the content to your Kindle
    • Google Cloud Print – prints to a remote printer
    • Print – Sends content to your printer
    • Email – Sends content via email
  4. Share article link to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+

Features and Benefits

  1. Use the CleanSave button set or point your own buttons or text to CleanSave.
  2. Lightbox keeps users on your page within their original browser window.
  3. Users are in control of font size, images, gray scale of text, and eliminating any unwanted content before saving or uploading.
  4. Branded output – Your branding/URL saved so that people can always get back to your site.

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.4.7
  • Rating: 68(9 ratings)
  • Downloaded 13,912 times

Genesis PrintStyle Plus

For use with the Genesis theme framework only.

Genesis Printstyle Plus
by David Decker – DECKERWEB

Optimized: Saves You Printing Ink & Paper ?

This small and lightweight plugin adds a printer-ready stylesheet file (print.css / print-html5.css) for the Genesis Framework and its currently active child theme. Any unneeded site elements will be removed, such as main and sub navigation bar, sidebar, footer widgets, form input fields to name a few.

For most use cases and most existing/ regular Genesis Child Themes this should work really fine!

NEW since version 1.5.0+ For fully custom styles or additions just have look at the FAQ section here. ? It is now really easy to handle and complete update-safe!

Please note: The plugin requires the Genesis Theme Framework (GPL-2.0+), a paid premium product released by StudioPress/ Copyblogger Media LLC (via studiopress.com).

Credit where credit is due: The first plugin version was based on the work of Ramoonus and his plugin.

Translations: Internationalization (i18n) / Localization (L10n)

  • English (default) – always included
  • German (de_DE) – always included
  • Italian (it_IT) – user-submitted, thanks to Marco Rosselli – currently 32% complete for v1.9.3
  • .pot file (genesis-printstyle-plus.pot) for translators is also always included ?
  • Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress tool: Translate “Genesis Printstyle Plus”…
  • Your translation? – Just send it in

A plugin from deckerweb.de and GenesisThemes

Feedback

  • I am open for your suggestions and feedback – Thank you for using or trying out one of my plugins!
  • Drop me a line @deckerweb on Twitter
  • Follow me on my Facebook page
  • Or follow me on +David Decker on Google Plus ?

This Plugin…

  • …is Quality Made in Germany
  • …was created with love (plus some coffee) on an Ubuntu Linux powered machine ?

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Donate

Enjoy using Genesis Printstyle Plus? Please consider making a small donation to support the project’s continued development.

Translations

Easy plugin translation platform with GlotPress tool: Translate “Genesis Printstyle Plus”…

Note: All my plugins are internationalized/ translateable by default. This is very important for all users worldwide. So please contribute your language to the plugin to make it even more useful. For translating I recommend the awesome “Codestyling Localization” plugin and for validating the “Poedit Editor”, which works fine on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Idea Behind / Philosophy

I just wanted to have a special print layout optimized for most Genesis Child Themes – with any unneeded elements removed but still with proper image display (including title tag text!) and proper footer line/copyright included. And I wanted that as a plugin so I could just activate it on client sites or if clients just request an easy-to-use solution. I intentionally used CSS Media Queries because they are made for this case – in combination with the output medium print.

Credits

  • Thanks to @juicedaniel for reporting a CSS3 bug!
  • Thanks to all users that helped with their feedback to improve this plugin, especially the print CSS! ?

Last but not least

Special Thanks go out to my family for allowing me to do such spare time projects (aka free plugins) and supporting me in every possible way!

Stats:

  • Current version: 1.9.3
  • Rating: 100(6 ratings)
  • Downloaded 20,259 times

Print Me

Simple to use plugin with basic features. Although the plugin works perfectly you can’t help thinking that compared to some of its stable mates it’s a bit lacking. The two areas that I feel could do with improvement are some default icons and the ability to easily add your own icon as well as more control over the positioning of the icon/text.

print-me

Print me!
by Aleksandr Zelenin

By pressing this button the content of the page will be displayed in a print-friendly mode and allows the user to print it.

Shortcode: [printme]
php function: printme_link();

Stats:

  • Current version: 0.5.1
  • Rating: 60(2 ratings)
  • Downloaded 17,237 times

There are quite a few other printing style plugins that I also tested – sadly they didn’t work 🙁 Hopefully, developers will release new versions in the future.

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