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Print Selection

Sometimes you might just want to print a selection of a webpage or a document, and not all the text and graphics that surround it.

How do you do it?

In most cases, it is quite easy. Select the area you wish to print (click and hold down your cursor and drag it from upper left to lower right; the selection will become highlighted), click “File” and then “Print.” When the print dialog box opens, click “Selection.” Then click “Print.”

Voila! Only your selection prints.

This works in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Word, Excel, and most other frequently used programs. Interestingly, it does not work this way in Safari or Apple Mail; there is no “Selection” option in the print dialogue box. I don’t know why.

If you wish to print selections from Safari or Apple Mail, there is a way, albeit not as simple as in other programs. First, you have to set it up (just once):

  • Go to System Preferences (under the apple or on your dock)
  • Click the “Keyboard” icon
  • Click the “Shortcuts” tab at the top
  • Click the “Services” tab in the left hand column
  • Scroll down under the “Text” section and check “New TextEdit Window Containing Selection”
  • Close the window

Now that it’s set up:

  • Go to a webpage in Safari or to an email in Apple Mail
  • Highlight a section you want to print (something must be highlighted for this to work)
  • Click the word “Safari” (or “Mail”) at the top of your screen
  • Click “Services”
  • From the fly-out menu, click “New TextEdit Window Containing Selection”

The selected text will appear in a new window in the TextEdit program. Click “File” and then “Print” from the upper menu bar. Then click “Print.”

After the selection prints, you can close the TextEdit box, choosing to save it or not save it.

Maybe Apple’s next software update will include a “Print Selection” option. I’ve been waiting….

Stop the New Ring!

This week, Apple introduced iOS 8, the newest operating system for mobile devices. It is a free download for your iPhone and iPad.

Among the new features is one that will surprise you — or perhaps startle you: when your iPhone rings, so does your iPad!


Apple calls it “Continuity.” If your iPhone and iPad are registered to the same Apple ID, and they are both on a WIFI network, calls that come into your phone will also ring — and can be answered — on your iPad.

Great news if you are curled up with your iPad on the sofa and your iPhone is across the room. When someone calls your phone, you can answer and talk on your iPad without getting up.

This feature comes in the “on” (green) position when you upgrade the two devices. If you don’t want this feature, you can turn it off.

On the iPad, go to

  • Settings
  • Facetime
  • iPhone Cellular Calls
  • Slide to “Off” (white)

When the feature is enabled, the two devices have to be in close proximity to one another for this to work. So, don’t worry. When you and your iPhone are out and about, your unattended iPad is not at home ringing!

Holiday Cards

Summer is officially over and it’s time to start thinking about … holiday cards! Whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, consider creating a photo card — with or without text — right from your computer. It’s easy and fun.

The most popular software for creating personalized cards are the two web-based, and the Mac-only iPhotoprogram. To make cards in these programs requires the same three basic steps:

  • Create: Choose the appropriate holiday theme and the card style you like.
  • Add Photos: Upload one or more photos from your computer and place them in the card. Adjust as necessary.
  • Order: Specify quantity, envelope choice, delivery address, and billing information.

Could not be easier.

When your cards arrive, hand-address the envelopes or use printed stickers, write a short personal note, stamp, and send.

Even in this highly digital age, a printed card received through snail-mail is still a cherished holiday treat.

Stop the Crop

A friend of mine just returned from an extensive vacation. She told me she planned to make a commemorative photo book from the many pictures she took, as soon as she finished cropping all her pictures.


I recommended to her what I recommend to you: don’t crop pictures until you are ready to place them.

When you crop a picture, you throw away the parts of the image that are outside the crop area. How do you know — before you place the picture in its new home — exactly what you should throw away?

If you are making a picture book using iPhoto, Shutterfly, or Snapfish, for example, you should place each picture on its page and then crop the picture if necessary, using the tools right in the program.

In any photo-editing scenario, it is a good idea to first make a copy of a picture you are planning to modify. Someday you might wish you had the original.

Now get started on that photo book!