Printing resources in Moodle
Moodle uses a range of "modules" to present resources and activities to you. Some lecturers will provide you with PDF files that you can download to view offline.
Resources that are not in PDF can be printed using your browser's print function as you would any web page. Or you can save them as PDFs using Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or similar software.
You can check out available software from the MUSO Support Student Downloads page.
Print or download PDF files
When you click on a PDF file resource, it will open in Moodle and you will have the option to print or save the file. To print, click Print. To save it to your computer, click Save.
Note: Larger files may take a little time before they open. If your browser is having issues displaying the PDF file, you will find a link under the display window to download the file instead.
Save resources in PDF
To save Moodle pages in PDF you will first need to have a PDF writer or printer driver such as Adobe Acrobat or CutePDF installed. For Windows users, this is shown as Adobe PDF, CutePDF Writer or similar listed in your Printers and Faxes list (Start> Printers and Faxes, or Control Panel> Printers and Faxes).
Go to the page you want to print, then in your browser menu, select File>Print. You can either select a printer to print or select Adobe PDF to save the page as PDF.
Print a Book module or save as PDF
- When you are viewing a Book module the Book administration heading appears in the Settings block. Open this menu and select Print book or Print this chapter.
Known issue: Print controls do not appear when you use the Print book or Print this chapter links in Mozilla Firefox browser window. You can print each page or chapter of a book using the steps outlined in Print a Page module or save as PDF below. If you are using Google Chrome, you will need to right-click on the Print window pop up to access the print controls.
- From the Browser menu select File>Print or the Printer Icon. Choose a printer to print, or to save as PDF, choose Adobe PDF or CutePDF Writer.
Print a Page module or save as PDF
Page modules appear as web pages and when printed will include the header bar and sidebars. You are strongly advised to dock the left hand blocks before printing.
- From the Browser menu, select File>Print Preview or select Print Preview from the drop down list beside the Printer icon. You may need to select landscape orientation for files with images or wide tables.
- When you are happy with the layout, select Print.
Note: You can also choose to save as PDF by selecting Adobe PDF or CutePDF Writer as shown above.
- CutePDF is a free PDF Writer. It requires the installation of CutePDf and PS2PDF converter, the option of which is provided automatically during installation. Free software is usually accompanied by advertising, so if you choose to install this or other free alternatives please read all install options carefully, and uncheck any options, such as replacing your browser home page, you may not wish to accept. This is given as an example only, and is not a recommendation. CutePDF is not supported by Monash ITS. Installation of CutePDF is at your own risk.
- Although you can print resources and activities pages from Moodle using the above methods, there is currently no quick way to print off quizzes to enable you to answer them offline. If this is something you need to be able to do, please discuss possible options with your lecturer.