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I want to print out an entire thread in Google Groups. The thread has 40+ responses. How do I do that?

Here is the thread: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/scrumalliance/4DRtljImycY

  • There doesn't appear to be any feature built into the site. Have you tried the browser's print function? – CharlieRB Apr 13 '15 at 11:17
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a simple trick: go to the mobile version by adding /m after /forum. For example, your thread will become:

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/scrumalliance/4DRtljImycY

Then you can expand all posts and print them once in all.

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At least in Google Chrome, printing with the browser function only gives the first page of the discussion. One ugly workaround is this:

  • Choose the "Compact" view. (It may work with other views but I haven't tried it.)
  • Right-click on any message and select "Inspect element." A window will appear with a whole bunch of "div" entries in the upper left pane.
  • Scroll up to the line that starts with <div class="JRVGTC-b-G". Watch out for the b-G - it's important.
  • Right click on that line and select "Edit as HTML".
  • Hit Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C to copy all the text to the clipboard.
  • Open Notepad. Paste the text into an empty file.
  • Hit File | Save. Change "Save as type" to "All Files." Give the file a name ending in ".htm".
  • Go to the folder where you saved the new file and double-click on the file. Your browser should open it and display the text, without the fancy formatting.
  • Print from the browser.

Easy, right?

(PS - "JRVGRC-b-G" will probably change at some point. If it does, you can look for a div row with height: <some large number> in it, or try working your way up until you find the right one.)

  • +1 for "Easy, right?". I can do this, but it makes me want to cry. Also, I didn't actually give you +1 because I don't want other people to follow these instructions, but I know you worked really hard on this and thank you. – Merchako May 22 at 22:56

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