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If you'd like, you can tweak what actually appears on the headers and footers when they print. On the Print Preview screen, click the Page Setup icon (it looks like a gear). The Page Setup dialog box appears.

The Header and Footer input boxes tell IE what to print in the header and footer. By default, this is what is in the Header box:

&w&bPage &p of &P

This tells IE to print the window title (&w); print the word "Page" and align it and the rest of the text to the right (&bPage); leave a space and print the page number (&p); and leave another space and print the total number of pages (&P).

This is what's in the Footer box:

&u&b&d

This tells IE to print the URL (&u), and print the date in short-date format (&b&d).

For example, if you were visiting the New England Patriots home page (www.patriots.com) on Nov. 20, 2007, the window title was "Official Web site of the New England Patriots," and the Web page was two printed pages long, the header would print out like this:

Official Web site of the New England Patriots Page 1 of 2

The footer would print out like this:

http://www.patriots.com 11/20/2007

By changing the text and code in the Header and Footer input boxes on the Page Setup dialog box, you can change what prints out in the header and footer.

The codes you can use, and what they'll print, are shown below.

You can combine these codes with any text that you enter. So let's say you entered this into the Header box on the Page Setup dialog box:

I visited the &w on &D

If you went to the Patriots' home page on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, and printed it out, this would be the header:

I visited the Official Web site of the New England Patriots on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007

Let's say you entered this into the Footer box:

I printed Page &p at &T

It would print this:

I printed Page 1 at 17:26:43 PM

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