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WFMW-Make your Blog Recipes Printer Friendly

I have another blogging tip this week.
I thought I’d share for Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family.

Making the recipes I post here on my blog printer friendly has been one of the most useful blogging tips I’ve found.

Since I’ve been working on making my recipes printer friendly(I’m still working my way thru my archives), I’ve been getting more and more emails asking how I do it.

Sometimes when blogging about a recipe, I break the directions up with pictures, and some times people don’t want to print all the pictures with a recipe – I know I don’t. I wanted to find a way for my readers to enjoy reading my blog and directions, yet be able to easily print out only what they need – the recipes.That’s when I found out about Google Docs. It’s so quick and easy to use, and you don’t need to know html, coding or anything else scary.

First you need to have a Google account, and then go to Goole Docs and get started.

Your page will look like this (you can click each of these pictures to view larger)

 

The first thing you want to do is click “Create New” in the upper left corner – you will get a drop down menu – choose “Document”

Now you have a blank document page.

From here I copy and paste my recipe as well as one picture at the top, just because I like a visual for my recipe, but I always size it down to a small picture. Copy and paste the picture then use the little boxes to pull the picture size down about 200×300.

After I paste my recipe and picture, I always make sure I put the name and link to my blog on the recipe so anyone who has the recipe, will know where the recipe came from.

When your recipe looks the way you want it…………go to the upper right corner and click “Share”

You will see a drop down menu – choose “Publish as a Web Page”

Now you want to click “Publish Document”

Now you have a link to your recipe! There’s no need to click anything else.

Copy that link and use it on our blog for your “printable recipe” link

That’s it! It’s that easy

If you have any question……….just leave a comment
- I’ll try and answer in the comments!

Hope this makes sense and helps!!

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

102 Responses to “WFMW-Make your Blog Recipes Printer Friendly”

  1. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm (#
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    Cheryl!!! THIS is incredibly helpful! I really need to do this. Thank you, thank you for the tutorial!

    Now I just have to *remember* to do it! ;)

  2. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm (#
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    Cheryl!!! THIS is incredibly helpful! I really need to do this. Thank you, thank you for the tutorial!

    Now I just have to *remember* to do it! ;)

  3. Mum in Bloom posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm (#
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    You are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this. I saw it for the first time this past month and thought.. geesh, another blogging thing to figure out on my own ;op Now, I don't have to. Wonderful!

  4. Mum in Bloom posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm (#
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    You are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this. I saw it for the first time this past month and thought.. geesh, another blogging thing to figure out on my own ;op Now, I don't have to. Wonderful!

  5. Pat posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm (#
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    Cheryl, this is wonderful! I love it when others share blogging tips ~ makes me think that one day I'll be proficient. :-) Seriously, great tutorial and pics are so clear. Now I can print all your great recipes!

    xoxo
    Pat

  6. Pat posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm (#
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    Cheryl, this is wonderful! I love it when others share blogging tips ~ makes me think that one day I'll be proficient. :-) Seriously, great tutorial and pics are so clear. Now I can print all your great recipes!

    xoxo
    Pat

  7. CookiePie posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm (#
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    Thank you soooo much!

  8. CookiePie posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm (#
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    Thank you soooo much!

  9. Marianne@Songbird posted on February 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm (#
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    Great tip! And this works for so much more then just recipes!

  10. Marianne@Songbird posted on February 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm (#
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    Great tip! And this works for so much more then just recipes!

  11. The Homemaker posted on February 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm (#
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    FANTASTIC!!!! So excited I found this as I have just recently started blogging. I will start now so that I don't have to go back in the archives!!!
    Thanks!
    Amy

  12. The Homemaker posted on February 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm (#
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    FANTASTIC!!!! So excited I found this as I have just recently started blogging. I will start now so that I don't have to go back in the archives!!!
    Thanks!
    Amy

  13. Jenny posted on February 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm (#
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    Great idea! I always just copy and paste recipes from a blog to Word, but this is much nicer.

  14. Jenny posted on February 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm (#
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    Great idea! I always just copy and paste recipes from a blog to Word, but this is much nicer.

  15. Amanda posted on February 18, 2010 at 12:48 am (#
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    GREAT post!! Another one that I will share on BBD soon, and link to you of course!

  16. Amanda posted on February 18, 2010 at 12:48 am (#
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    GREAT post!! Another one that I will share on BBD soon, and link to you of course!

  17. Robyn posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:35 am (#
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    You are just the smartest cookie and I'm thinking of how I can use this for my homeschool printables. ~jumping up and down~

    Now, have you heard of ziplist.com. Seems to be the latest craze with the whole Martha app for the iphone, but honey, you would have it figured out in no time for your blog. It provides the shopping list with the recipe. How cool would THAT be?

  18. Robyn posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:35 am (#
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    You are just the smartest cookie and I'm thinking of how I can use this for my homeschool printables. ~jumping up and down~

    Now, have you heard of ziplist.com. Seems to be the latest craze with the whole Martha app for the iphone, but honey, you would have it figured out in no time for your blog. It provides the shopping list with the recipe. How cool would THAT be?

  19. Lesa McMahon posted on February 18, 2010 at 2:08 am (#
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    Fab-u-lous!

    Tip for your feed…. add the Facebook and Twitter (Twit This) options. :)

  20. Lesa McMahon posted on February 18, 2010 at 2:08 am (#
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    Fab-u-lous!

    Tip for your feed…. add the Facebook and Twitter (Twit This) options. :)

  21. BakersRoyale posted on February 18, 2010 at 2:58 am (#
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    You are awesome! Great step-by-step tutorial.

  22. BakersRoyale posted on February 18, 2010 at 2:58 am (#
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    You are awesome! Great step-by-step tutorial.

  23. Brenda @ Tie That Binds Us posted on February 18, 2010 at 9:29 am (#
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    I have bookmarked this to come back and do later. Great idea!

  24. Brenda @ Tie That Binds Us posted on February 18, 2010 at 9:29 am (#
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    I have bookmarked this to come back and do later. Great idea!

  25. CRAZYMOM posted on February 18, 2010 at 10:37 am (#
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    great tip! Thank you!

  26. CRAZYMOM posted on February 18, 2010 at 10:37 am (#
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    great tip! Thank you!

  27. Theta Mom posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm (#
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    Awesome tip! You rock Tidy Mom!!!

  28. Theta Mom posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm (#
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    Awesome tip! You rock Tidy Mom!!!

  29. Danielle posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm (#
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    This is great! I'm definitely going to start making my recipes printer friendly!

  30. Danielle posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm (#
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    This is great! I'm definitely going to start making my recipes printer friendly!

  31. **Amy** posted on February 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm (#
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    Thanks you so much! I could really use this on my site. Genius! Love your blog!

  32. **Amy** posted on February 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm (#
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    Thanks you so much! I could really use this on my site. Genius! Love your blog!

  33. Laura posted on February 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm (#
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    I didn't know that google documents had this feature. Thank you for writing about it.

  34. Laura posted on February 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm (#
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    I didn't know that google documents had this feature. Thank you for writing about it.

  35. June posted on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 am (#
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    Duh! That's what I said when I read this post, lol. I use google docs, but didn't know it could do this! Thanks for posting this.

  36. June posted on June 2, 2010 at 9:40 am (#
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    Duh! That's what I said when I read this post, lol. I use google docs, but didn't know it could do this! Thanks for posting this.

  37. Kristen posted on June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm (#
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    you rock my world! Thank you SO much!

    Kristen — http://www.kristenskitchen.blog.ca

  38. Kristen posted on June 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm (#
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    you rock my world! Thank you SO much!

    Kristen — http://www.kristenskitchen.blog.ca

  39. Sherri posted on June 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm (#
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    AWESOME!!!! Can't wait to try it.

  40. Sherri posted on June 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm (#
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    AWESOME!!!! Can't wait to try it.

  41. Rob posted on July 26, 2010 at 10:27 am (#
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    Thanks so much! I don't use Google Docs much, but with some of the very cool stuff that you CAN do with them, I'll definitely use this tip.

  42. Rob posted on July 26, 2010 at 10:27 am (#
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    Thanks so much! I don't use Google Docs much, but with some of the very cool stuff that you CAN do with them, I'll definitely use this tip.

  43. Graham Vaughan posted on August 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm (#
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    Wow, I never thought of doing it. After reading your article I became intrigued with Google docs. I wonder what other features provided by Google docs besides this? Btw, thanks for the tip, Cheryl. It’s nice, I wanna try it right now.

  44. Graham Vaughan posted on August 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm (#
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    Wow, I never thought of doing it. After reading your article I became intrigued with Google docs. I wonder what other features provided by Google docs besides this? Btw, thanks for the tip, Cheryl. It’s nice, I wanna try it right now.

  45. kelli posted on October 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm (#
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    Thank you SO much for posting this! I just added a kitchen page to my blog but had no idea how to create printable versions and now I feel my blog set-up is complete. : ) This was extremely helpful, even to a computer doofus!

  46. Suzie Sova posted on July 22, 2011 at 12:02 am (#
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    Thank you so much for posting this! I had been wondering how to do this!!! esp. since I am new to blogging and still learning. Fabulous :-)

  47. BethM@Under A Pile of Scrap! posted on January 17, 2012 at 8:01 am (#
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    I want to thank you so much for your tutorial! It helped a lot, even though things are a little bit different on the google docs set up from when you originally posted this, but I managed to get through it and was able to set up a printer friendly version of a recipe I posted on my blog.

  48. Srishti posted on March 18, 2013 at 2:21 am (#
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    Hi Cheryl.
    Thank you from a fellow blogger. I was trying to do it HTML way but your way was much simpler. Thank you for sharing, its great to learn new things :)

  49. Adriana posted on April 14, 2013 at 11:37 am (#
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    Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I knew Google Docs was the easy way to create recipe cards and now that I finally started adding a printer-friendly versions to my recipes your tutorial saved me a lot of time and offered tips I may have overlooked otherwise. I added the link to your post on my Resources page.

    PS Your recipe inbox is absolutely stunning! I love the frames, colours, labels, fonts…:)

  50. Phillip posted on November 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm (#
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    Thank you so much! These are the first instructions I’ve found showing how to do this that didn’t give me a headache. I just tried it and it works great!

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