Unable to Print or Copy and Paste Web Pages
Posted by William Diaz on September 1, 2011
This issue recently came up after a user could no longer print web pages from a site that previously printed fine. The Print Preview and Print options in Internet Explorer rendered a blank page, except for the header and footer information:
When you encounter this, it is often by design. In IE 8 and IE 9 there is a simple way to check if a web page is has been set to restrict printing.
Navigate to the web page.
Open the built in Developer Tools from the IE menu or press F12.
Additionally, text in the web page was no longer selectable. This can also be controlled by the use of scripts and you can see this by going to the Script tab.
If you are still using IE 7, the developer tools are not included by default and you will need to download the IE Developer Tools Add-in.