Since I started working at the "liberry" in 2001, every coupleathree months, or so, one of our computer patrons prances up to the circ-desk, asks for the prints they just made from their computer and then deposits a square brick of poop into their undies when we pass over the half ream of paper they printed.
"But I didn't print this
much," they invariably say. And we always know what will follow... "I
just wanted to print that one little paragraph."
huh," we say. And, again, we know what will follow, for this is the
point at which they tell us that they highlighted the one little
paragraph of text they wanted to print on the massive website they
wanted to print from and then hit print, honestly expecting that only
the one little paragraph would print.
The last time this happened, I was finally fed up with it.
I said, "people keep telling us that highlighting and hitting print
works, but I have never—NeHeHEHHHHVER—actually known it to. It prints
the entire website EVERY single time."
"Oh. But I was told..."
"EVERY. SINGLE. TIME."
when a separate and unrelated patron, who happened to wander in and
overhear this transaction, stepped over and said, "Did you set the print
range to SELECTED?"
eavesdropping patron then explained something I'd never heard before:
when you only want to print only your highlighted text, you have to go
FILE > PRINT > and within the PAGE RANGE part of the print
menu, click the dot by SELECTED. Then and only then will it print
exclusively your highlighted selection.
"Huh. I did not
know that," I said. "Thanks, Wandering, Eavesdropping Print-Advisor!"
Okay, I didn't say that last part, but I was thinking it.
of course, won't put a stop to the problem at hand of patrons printing
entire websites when they only wanted a sentence, but at least when they
complain about doing so, I'll now know precisely how to convey how much
it is still their their fault.