Printer-friendly pages without a module

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There is really no need for a module to create printer-friendly pages at your CMS Made Simple™ website. In the upcoming 2.0 release of CMSMS™ the CMS_Printing module won't be included anymore in the default install... In this tutorial I will show you how you can do this!

  How to use

Add to the <head> section of your HTML-template
{$printerfriendly = $smarty.get.printerfriendly|default:''}
{if $printerfriendly == 'true'}<script type="text/javascript">window.print();</script>{/if}
Add the print button to the content of your HTML-template
<a class="noprint" href="{$smarty.server.REQUEST_URI}?printerfriendly=true" rel="nofollow">
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Because I don't want these pages/URL's appear in the search engines results (or get a double content penalty) I added rel="nofollow" to the link. It tells search engines to not follow and index these URL's.

Sample stylesheet attached to your HTML-template(s)
@media print {

  /* Hide blocks on the print output */
  .noprint {
    display: none;

  /* Change template and content styling suitable for printing on plain paper */
  body {
    height: auto;
    background: #fff;
   color: #333;
  a:link, a:visited, a:active {
    color: #333;
   text-decoration: underline;
  h2, h3 {
    padding-bottom: 1px;
    border-bottom: 1px solid #000;
   color: #000;
  h4, h5, h6 { color: #000 }

Hide other content with the noprint class in your (module) templates
<div id="example" class="noprint">
  This content is shown on the screen, but it is NOT printed!

Alternative method

You can also choose for simply changing the default stylesheets by one seperate printing stylesheet. Don't attach this stylesheet to any HTML-template.

{$printerfriendly = $smarty.get.printerfriendly|default:''}

{if $printerfriendly == 'true'}
  {cms_stylesheet name='print'}
  <script type="text/javascript">window.print();</script>

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Printer-friendly pages without a module

  Article optimized for CMSMS 2.x

  Last tested in: CMSMS 2.2.19
  Last updated: 10-06-2019
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