Aha. You are quite right.
Long ago I installed a Print Selection Service - this one, I believe:
I forgot I had to go and get it; I think I got it back at 10.4 or 10.5.
If you mean that you want to print part of a web page with all the formatting intact, there's no built-in way to do that. You can of course create a text clipping by selecting part of the page and dragging to the Desktop, but the formatting willl usually be way off. You can also take a screenshot and print that, but the resolution will be poor.
I have been wondering this for a very long time... Then it dawned on me that I can open a PDF of the website from the print menu (bottom left-hand corner). I just open a preview of the PDF and then print the pages I want from there. I did not attempt to print a specific "selection," but it definitely saved some paper when the recipe I wanted to print had 13 pages of comments. Hope that helps!
There is now an App on the Mac App Store that can do this. It's called Print Selection. Until the end of this week it's on promo sale for free.
I wrote a review of Print Selection, which you can read here.
Hope that's helpful to you all! I know Ive been waiting for a decent solution for a long time!
This worked for me immediately after I followed all the steps.. OSX Lion 10.7.5, updgraded from Snow Leapard
You can get the select printing to work by selecting the text you want to print, then use the 2-finger secondary click gesture to bring up the secondary window, then chose "Print Selection"
Go here an download the dmg file.
Follow these directions to get your select printing to work. These same instructions can be found on the webpage as the very 1st comment you come up to on the page.
1. CLOSE all open apps/programs. Very important!
2. Install the software
3. locate Print Selection.service inside Macintosh HD/Library/Services/Print Selection.service
NOTE: If blocked from seeing the contents of this Services folder due to system settings. Click the folder to select it, Cmd+i to get info, then go to the bottom of the window and click the lock icon and enter the administrator user name and password. Then change the user privileges to Read/Write and access the file.
3. Copy the application to Macintosh HD/System/Library/Services (optionally, copy it to your user's Services folder as well: /Users/[username]/Library/Services)
4. Log Out and Log back In
5. You may also need to Open Services Preferences (Safari-Services-Services Preferences), and in the Keyboard Shortcuts section, enable Print Selection.
There you go. Like I said this worked for me immediately after I followed all the steps.
I think this is the easiest way I have found:
Take a screen shot of the area you want to print and then print it.
Screen Shot has two alternatives: Full screen and selected areas.
Which ever you choose, it puts a PNG file on your desktop, and you can print that out.
Hope this helps.
Not having any idea what I was doing, I followed these directions as written, and it worked! I can now print selections. Thanks for sharing, Tony 2557!
"5. You may also need to Open Services Preferences (Safari-Services-Services Preferences), and in the Keyboard Shortcuts section, enable Print Selection."
I didn't know where this was. Click on "Safari," then "Services," then "Services Preferences," and you will be able to complete that step. That's what it took for me.