Print A Complete Thread?

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  1. icantremember

    icantremember Funster

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    Please can anyone suggest a simple ('cos I am) way to print out all the posts in a thread 4 or 5 pages long.
     
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    I've downloaded a couple thread before, which you could then import into a word processing package and print.

    Trouble is I am struggling to remember how I did it! However, I need to do it on a thread of my own so I need to find an answer.
     
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    2 methods spring to mind.....

    Cut and paste evey thread onto a word document and print that......or, maybe, hit the 'multi-quote' tag on every post, then open up the box where your new 'with quotes' reply would go, and then cut'n'paste that whole text box without 'posting' it as a reply???? mebbe ??? Just a thought!
     
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    ....Yup - that works!!!
     
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    If you 'print' using the Firefox 'Print This Page' button, it prints all messages on that page.. each page has 20 posts

    so just print each page in turn
     
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    All your suggestions work thanks, but the easiest is certainly yours Jim which I had never thought to try before ... so simple when you know how!(y)
     
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    And if you want to have the printed pages in a soft copy pdf document format you can install PrimoPDF and PDFill (both free versions), assuming Windows PC and use Jim's printing option.
     
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    I've just copied my thread of our recent trip to Spain. I used the MS Office Clipboard which allows up to 24 separate copying actions and then you can paste them all at once. I have Office 2010 but I think it is available in some earlier versions.

    The image below shows me doing this. The window on top is MHF and underneath it Word is open. To open the Office Clipboard you start a new document and in Word 2010 you select the Home tab and click on the Office Clipboard on the far left of the menu which runs along the top.

    Then you select each bit of the MHF thread you want to copy, right click and select Copy then go on to the next post you want to copy. In the image below you can see I have copied three posts. It doesn't seem to copy large pictures but small images are picked up. It might be something to do with the memory available to the Clipboard but this wasn't a problem for me as the images will be added later.

    When you have done a page or two click on the Word document and select Paste All followed by Clear All on the Clipboard. You can then start on the next pages. It didn't take me very long to copy across a 20 page thread and after a bit of tiding up it could be printed if you wanted to do that.

    OfficeClipboard.jpg
     
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    seems like a long winded way of doing it.. but whatever suits is fine ..
     
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    If you know a better way of making a soft copy please share. :) Does the Firefox trick have the option to "Print to file" or something like that?
     
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    yes .. you can print to file .. as previous post

    screen shot , print box showing printing to PDF
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    Thank you, I might give that a try but what I need is the text in the thread, not all the peripheral stuff like adverts. Which I suspect is what would happen, assuming I can extract the text from the PDF.

    A cycling forum I use has the functionality to download an entire thread with a single click. It comes as plain text but that isn't a problem. I will strip all the formatting off what I've copied anyway in order to clean it up.
     
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