My issue is trying to find an override which will enable to me to print out
a picture from the internet. For example, I like a photo with a recipe; or an
illustrative photo to go with directions. In most cases, I can copy the photo
into Word; remove the hyperlink and it will print out if I choose. My problem
is that sometimes is there no hyperlink to remove after I copy it into my Word
document. Instead of hand/mouse, I get a small square with the four-direction
arrows mouse. When I see that I know that I’m sunk; the photo will not print
out; I’ll just get a blank space where the photo should appear. The photo
appears on the computer document but not in the printed document. The words of
the recipe and directions etc. will appear without the valuable photo to guide
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Answercast #86, I look at various ways to print information from web
Picture copied into Word won’t print
So, I’m not really sure what you mean by the “hyperlink.”
When you are copying, if there’s a hyperlink, it will be copied – but removing that or modifying it in any way shouldn’t have anything to do with how a copied and pasted piece of information, like a recipe, should print – when you print it out of Word.
It also sounds like you’re copying more than just the picture because you indicate that the words of the recipe or directions will appear without the photo. So, clearly, you’re copying not just the photo but also some of the text that surrounds the photo.
Print from the browser
Now. What I suggest in a case like this is not to use that direct “copy/paste into Word” to print what it is you’re looking for. My preference is that you actually print directly from your browser.
I realize you may get more than you want.
You may get the page heading and the ads, or whatever, depending on how the page has been designed, but that’s the most reliable way to print something from the web. So, try that first; just try using File > Print in your browser when you’re looking at the page that has whatever it is you want to be printed.
Save the picture first
Now, the other approach (when I originally thought this was only about the picture) is not to copy the picture – but instead save it as a file to your disk.
Right-click on the picture you find on the web and use the Save image as item that shows in the pop-up menu.
That should save the image as a file on your computer, in a folder that you specify. Typically, it will be Downloads or My Documents or somewhere like that.
Then in Windows Explorer, double-click on the picture. That should bring it up in your current photo viewing application. Normally, that will be something like Windows Gallery or Windows Photo Viewer. For whatever version of Windows you have, it will be the included photo-viewing application that comes with it.
From there, then, you can just hit File > Print and it will print the picture.
You may get some options (again depending on the sophistication of the photo-viewing app) that will allow you to scale it, stretch it, make it fill the entire page, or be the original size – whatever. But you’ll have lots and lots of options for printing just the picture.
Now, what I don’t quite understand is how you’re getting what they call the “movement” arrows – that four directional mouse pointer that you’re talking about. It’s basically a mouse pointer that has an arrow going up/down and right/left.
That’s usually indicated for moving an image or moving it around on a page.
Insert image into Word
If you still want to copy-paste things into Word, you can use Insert photo.
That photo that we downloaded (by using the link for Save Image As) – you can now go back to Word and, wherever you want that picture to appear, you can say Insert Photo and then select the file that you just downloaded.
That will allow Word to pick up the file, without any of the other stuff that may be involved, and place it exactly where you want in the document.
If you’ve got other text from the web page that you then want to include, you can copy/paste that in there too. I realize it’s two separate steps.
In general, it’s really kind of frustrating, I get that.
Copying also takes the code
The problem is that when you copy/paste from a web page or select a portion of a web page regardless of whether it has pictures or not, you’re selecting (I don’t know how to put it…) the underlying HTML. That’s actually what gets copied/pasted over into Word.
Unfortunately, because you’re selecting only a portion of what’s on the page, you may not be selecting everything that’s actually necessary for things to work properly.
The problem is you may not be able to see (and there actually may not be a way to actually know) where you truly need to start selecting – and where you need to stop.
So, it can get problematic.
Typically, I would do what you’re doing – basically select the area including the picture and the text you want copied/pasted into Word and see if that works. You shouldn’t have to do any removing of hyperlinks or anything like that. It should just print the way it is.
If it doesn’t for some reason (and there are many reasons that it could fail), then my strong recommendation is that you bypass that approach. Instead, save the image as a file to your computer and then insert the picture into Word using Word’s Insert picture options. That will put the picture in the place you want in the document that you’re trying to print.
Ultimately, it’s a lot of effort. It’s a lot of complicated steps – and in all honesty, it’s often just not worth it. That’s why I finish by saying, you know, it’s easier to just hit File > Print in your browser and print the page.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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