Almost every day I have someone ask me how to print the patterns that are here on Moogly. Using cut and paste can work, or trying to print the screen - but that can grab ads, comments, and all kinds of stuff that will waste paper and ink. There's a much simpler option - and it allows you to download them as PDFs too! It's the Print Friendly button, and here's how to use it.
How to Use the Print Friendly Button
First, you need to find the Print Friendly button. It's at the bottom of each post on Moogly - even the ones you wouldn't necessarily want to print. Here's where to find it on a recent free pattern. It's below the social share buttons, and above the related posts.
Click that button, and a new window will appear! If it does not, check to make sure that you don't have it blocked with pop up blocking software. It can take a little bit of time to load, so be patient. What appears will have no ads or comments attached!
Now you have several options. Look at the bar across the top - you can Print, create a PDF, Email it to someone, change the Text size, Remove all the images, or Undo (go back a step).
Also, notice how there is a section that's highlighted in yellow and says "Click to delete"? That's a great way to pare down the pages that you want to print. A lot of times there are chatty bits, extra photos, step by step guides, or other parts of the blog post that you won't want to print. Just click on the parts you don't want to print out, and use the Undo button if you click on something you meant to keep.
Once you've got it looking the way you want it, you can hit the Print button! What shows up next will depend on your computer, operating system, and browser. But it should be easy to print from there! No ads, no comments, just the parts of the pattern you want.
But let's say you don't want to Print - you want a PDF you can download! That's easy too. Go back to the top and click the PDF button. You should get a little pop up window, like so. Generating the PDF can take a few minutes. Sometimes an ad will appear on here that says "download" on it - this is not the PDF download you're looking for. Be patient, and watch the spinny green circle thingy.
Ta-da! The PDF is ready to download. Click on the button and it will download straight to your computer! Where it will actually be on your computer depends on how you have your computer set up. Most likely it's in your Downloads file. Check your Recent Downloads if you can't seem to find it - it's there somewhere!
And that's all there is to it! You can Print, you can Download, you can add Moogly patterns to your collection! Or you can bookmark the link in your browser or pin it on Pinterest, and then work the patterns directly from the screen, saving both hard drive space and printer ink.
How Do I Print a Pattern on a Blog without the Button?
Easy peasy - open a second tab in your browser to PrintFriendly.com. Enter the URL of the web page you want to print in the box provided. And from there, it's just as shown above!
Is the Moogly Print Friendly Button Not Working?
Shoot! It's an external plugin - I can't control when they do updates and maintenance, and I can't fix their glitches. But nine times out of ten, even when the button isn't working, opening Print Friendly in a second tab (as described just above) will work. If that fails, there are other options: you can highlight and right click to Print on some browsers, you can copy and paste Moogly blog posts into a word processing document, or you can get the CleanPrint Plugin for Chrome.
But Please Note!
One thing though - these printed and downloaded copies are for your PERSONAL USE ONLY! If you have a friend who wants to know where you got that pattern, send him or her the link please, don't make copies of the patterns and hand them out. And do not upload the PDF to a sharing site or group! Without visitors to the blogs, free pattern designers like myself can't afford to keep designing. It's an easy way to keep the free patterns coming!