Print only the contents of a div

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Although there is not a simple command that allows the printing of part of a document there are a couple of methods that can be used.
You can use CSS by creating a seperate style sheet to hide any content that is not required for printing or you can use a script.
The basic idea is that because the print command prints the whole page you create a new page containing only the text you want to print and print that page.

Copy this code and paste it in your HTML
  1. <script type="text/javascript">
  2. <!--
  3. function printContent(id){
  4. str=document.getElementById(id).innerHTML
  6. newwin.document.write('<HTML>\n<HEAD>\n')
  7. newwin.document.write('<TITLE>Print Page</TITLE>\n')
  8. newwin.document.write('<script>\n')
  9. newwin.document.write('function chkstate(){\n')
  10. newwin.document.write('if(document.readyState=="complete"){\n')
  11. newwin.document.write('window.close()\n')
  12. newwin.document.write('}\n')
  13. newwin.document.write('else{\n')
  14. newwin.document.write('setTimeout("chkstate()",2000)\n')
  15. newwin.document.write('}\n')
  16. newwin.document.write('}\n')
  17. newwin.document.write('function print_win(){\n')
  18. newwin.document.write('window.print();\n')
  19. newwin.document.write('chkstate();\n')
  20. newwin.document.write('}\n')
  21. newwin.document.write('<\/script>\n')
  22. newwin.document.write('</HEAD>\n')
  23. newwin.document.write('<BODY onload="print_win()">\n')
  24. newwin.document.write(str)
  25. newwin.document.write('</BODY>\n')
  26. newwin.document.write('</HTML>\n')
  27. newwin.document.close()
  28. }
  29. //-->
  30. </script>
  32. Usage:
  34. <DIV id="print_div1">Your content</div>
  35. <a href="#null" onclick="printContent('print_div1')">Click to print div 1</a>
  37. On clicking the link the following sequence of events happens.
  39. A new window is opened
  40. The contents of the div are dynamically written to the new window
  41. Data is sent to the printer
  42. The new window is automatically closed (IE only)


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