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Okay, this is a general call for help directed to all the computer-savvy people on my flist.

For about a month now I've been having problems when I print hard copies of LJ entries.  In its most basic form, the shaded LiveJournal header repeats on each page of a multipage printout.  The first few lines of any text (including comments) appearing on page 2 and subsequent pages appears superimposed on the blue (if printed out on a colour printer) or grey header bar, and is difficult to read.  Previously, the LJ header only appeared on the first page of a multipage printout.

A second problem concerns printouts made from LJs which have coloured backgrounds and coloured text as part of their layout (i.e., anything other than the default black text on a white background).  In this situation, the background and text colours print as they appear in the LJ, and the result may or may not be readable.  For example, if I print out a post from alinewrites' LJ, I get a page that's a solid dark charcoal background (with narrow white margins on all four sides), and the post itself and any comments are in white text.  It's legible, but uses up a lot of toner.  As a second, example, the story "Fate Makes a Man" by blackchaps appears on my computer screen as medium blue text on a slightly paler blue background.  When I send a page of the story to the black and white printer, I get a medium grey background with the text appearing as barely distinguishable (and completely unreadable) marks only a bit darker than the background.  If the page is sent to the colour printer, I get blue text on a deep violet background, and while technically it's legible, you can't read more than a page or two without developing eyestrain.

The LJ Support Team couldn't offer me any help, so I'm hoping one of you might be able to.  Now, to cover all the bases, this is just what's happening with my work computer and printers.  I haven't had a chance to see whether printouts from a public computer at the library or at Kinko's will come out the same way.  In any case, those aren't really good solutions for me, as Kinko's charges for computer use and copies, and the library (which I can only get to occasionally on the weekends) has a 40-page per day printout limit.

So, ideas anyone?  Oh, and in case this matters, here at work we're running Windows XP with Internet Explorer as the browser.

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rileyc
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
The only thing I can think of would be to copy any post you want to print out, and then paste it into Word or WordPad or Notepad, and print it out from there. You will probably lose things like italics, but at least it would come out legibly.
aswanargent
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:07 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of trying that. It's worth a shot, though. Thanks for the suggestion!
castalie
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
I really don't know why it happens - also, each time I want to take something off LJ, I just copy the story - well, that's pretty much the only thing I take off LJ :-) - and paste it on say, Word - if you do that, you shouldn't have a problem with printing it out? You can also choose the font and/or size font you want that way...

Hope it'll work and you'll be able to read that fic, cause - imho - it's worth the hassle! lol
aswanargent
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
That was Rebecca's (rileyc) suggestion as well. I'm going to try it.

Btw, did you get my e-mail re the eCard?
castalie
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Great minds think alike *g*

And I did - I'll try to use another site next time I want to send an ecard *g* In any case, I'm going to try to find the text again and send it again.

Thank you again, Karen *hugs tight*
crazybutsound
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
Like Sarah and I suggested this summer, you should highlight just the text you want to read, copy and paste it into word. Don't copy and paste the whole page because graphics will mess things up, but for a fic? Copy and paste the body of the fic from lj to word and you shouldn't be losing anything like italics or anything else. You will most likely need to select the whole document and set the color of the type to black before you print anything out, though, or when you'll be copying white text? It'll paste as white text on a white background in word.
aswanargent
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, you're the third person with this suggestion. I'm going to try it later today on that long AU that Mouse recommended.

Speaking of Sarah, she's taken some pics of Desi wearing a Santa hat. So cute!
rosesfade
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
I have a Mac, and my copy of IE is four years old, so I don't know how helpful this will be, but --

When I want to print a page in IE, I have a Print Preview option. When I click it, it allows me to select whether or not I want to print the packground and images on the page. So you might want to try that if you don't feel like cutting and pasting.
aswanargent
Oct. 28th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
Oh! Well, that sounded like just what I needed, but when I ran out to try it I found that my IE Print Preview option makes no reference at all to printing background and images. So it looks like it's going to have to be the cut and paste route after all.
magickslash
Oct. 30th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
What they said
In a word: Word. :)
vlad_impaler
Oct. 31st, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Vlad would like to state that he has nothing to do with the fact that you may not be able to print posts, and it is completely unrelated to any comments about Siberian salt mines. I would personally like to ask where the heck Angela is... Did you know she has her own website? (not a huge help, being in German - well, I mean, it's a huge help to Germans, but...)
aswanargent
Oct. 31st, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
Okay, I guess protocol requires me to put this in italics even though it's in my own LJ ....

Angela is waiting very patiently for me to get her bio finished and apply to the mods for permission to join the game. She's agreed, however, that there's no point in really rushing things since she won't be officially elected Chancellor until 22 November. She refuses to put "Chancellor-in-waiting" on her bio page, and do you really blame her? That sounds too much like the role poor Prince Charles is playing in life. She can be gracious in victory and allow Gerd go ahead and claim every last ounce of public attention if he needs it so badly (like his insistence on going to the Hampton Court meeting last week); she'll just maintain a dignified silence a little longer. Besides, she tells me to tell you that apart from that one post from Vlad looking forward to talking with her about old times in East Germany, the international community in worldaffairs has been conspicuously silent about her taking over from Gerd. (Of course, it's probably too much to expect Dominique to embrace her policies, but you'd think Nicolas or Tony might have had something nice to say. George, too, assuming he even knows she won the election and will be heading up the coalition government.)

And yes, I know about her website. I wish there were more to it.


kleio_caissa
Nov. 1st, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
the international community in worldaffairs has been conspicuously silent about her taking over from Gerd.

Well, to be fair, we have had a few more distracting issues. No one knows Angie really well, and most are going to miss Gerd. Also, her very existence is a living reminder of 2007 for Dominique and Jacques (particularly as all the media equated her with Sarkozy), and to a lesser extent 2008 for Vlad. Her arrival and Gerd's departure reminds them of the general mortality of political careers, so they're not really going to want to think about that. Dominique only met Angie once and did not think much of her. Not the least because of that skirt - she was so coming on to him!

That sounds too much like the role poor Prince Charles is playing in life.

Oh, you mean sitting around waiting for his mother to die? Poor Charles? Poor? So is it true that you Americans adore the British royal family?
aswanargent
Nov. 1st, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, you mean sitting around waiting for his mother to die?

Oh dear! It sounds so awful when you put it that way, but yeah, I suppose that's what he's doing. As to adoring the royal family, not at all. Or at least not the current bunch.

There was an article in today's Financial Times about the doubts that have been cast over the viability of the grand coalition now that Müntefering has announced that he's going to resign as chairman of the SDP. It appears he may now also walk away from the vice-chancellorship, and according to the reporter, Stoiber is now saying that he may refuse to join the cabinet. In light of this, some people are apparently calling for new elections. I expect that Gerd is rubbing his hands in glee, although the article quotes him as saying that the situation "should not be over-dramatised". Do you think he's hoping that everyone will now turn to him as a beacon of stability in troubled times? Hopefully he'll post in worldaffairs and share his thoughts with the rest of us. Meanwhile, if Dominique weren't keeping me up at night worrying about him (someone needs to take that shiny letter opener away from him before there's an accident) I might be able to finally get Angie set up. Under the circumstances, I guess I'd better make the time to do it rather than procrastinate any longer.

vlad_impaler
Nov. 1st, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
Well, seeing as the only people currently active at WA are Vlad, Dominique and (rarely) Gerd, there is precious little she can expect, really. I just want her to get out there and start giving Vladimir hell. Someone needs to. Dominique is in no state.
aswanargent
Nov. 1st, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
I just want her to get out there and start giving Vladimir hell. Someone needs to. Dominique is in no state.

***************

In Angie's absence, I want to know what the hell is going on with Vlad. Didn't he SEE Dominique's worldaffairs post yesterday? Isn't he going to SAY anything? (I'm so not the person Dominique really wants to hear from.)

Also re Angie: If today's Financial Times article is anything to go on, the grand coalition looks to be falling apart even before it takes control of the government. Müntefering says he's going to resign as SPD chairman and may not take the vice-chancellorship, and now Stoiber says he may not join the Cabinet either. If I weren't so busy worrying about Dominique, I might be able to get Angie up and running before her chancellorship turns out to be stillborn.

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