A number of you have asked how you can print from treatises without the footnotes, or from statutes without the annotations, on LexisNexis or Westlaw. You can print statutes without the annotations, as discussed in this previous CALR Tip.
Sometimes when you retrieve a treatise section on Westlaw or LexisNexis, you retrieve a huge document. The first several pages will be the treatise's text, followed by hundreds of pages of footnotes or endnotes citing to cases in various jurisdictions. Unfortunately, there is no Westlaw field or LexisNexis segment for printing just the substance of a treatise section without all the footnotes. However, you can use your browser's print function to print just the part of a treatise section that you want, or you can copy and paste the part you want into a word processing document.
To print just the treatise commentary, or any other part of a large document, point your cursor at the top of the part that you want to print. Click and hold the mouse button down while you drag the cursor to the bottom of that part, then release the button. This should highlight or "select" what you want to print. Then click on File on the browser's menu bar, choose Print from the menu, click the radio button for Selection, and click the Print or OK button. In the alternative, you can call up the Print menu by holding down the Ctrl key while pressing P. Do not click on the print icon in the browser's button toolbar — Internet Explorer will print the entire document without giving you the option to choose Print Selection.
To copy and paste the treatise commentary, into a word processing document, open a new document in your word processing program, then switch back to your web browser. Point your cursor at the top of the part of the Westlaw or LexisNexis document that you want to copy. Click and hold the mouse button down while you drag the cursor to the bottom of that part, then release the button. This should highlight or "select" what you want. Click on Edit on the browser's menu bar and choose Copy from the menu. In the alternative, you can copy the highlighted text by holding down the Ctrl key while pressing C. Switch back to your word processing document. Click on Edit then Paste or hold down the Ctrl key while pressing V.
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