MailChimp is brilliant for email newsletters but…
MailChimp is undoubtedly my favourite Newsletter software. Im sure the folks at MailChimp would rather we saw them as an integrated marketing platform, but it certainly does a top job with email newsletters.
It just works. You can insert signup forms into your website, to save your admin team from having to transcribe printouts and emails – Nice. The system produces meaningful stats for the email campaigns you send out.
Printing your MailChimp Newsletter
All good right up to the point that you want a nice printed version of your newsletter to hang on the Office or Club notice board.
I battled printing MailChimp emails for ages, without finding a suitable solution, then in a rare moment of brilliance I realised how to do this easily. The technique removes the header and footers and other pesky content designed for an email that you don’t want in your printed version.
Here’s my quick and dirty solution to turning that nasty looking MailChimp email into a print-worthy document:
Find your campaign URL
This is the link to the MaliChimp email campaign. I find mine in the Campaign Details tab
It starts with https://mailchi.mp/...
Display it in a browser
Click on your Campaign URL, or paste it into your browser to display your email as HTML. This will also display along with those pesky Subscribe, Past issues Translate and RRS buttons at the top. At the page bottom the MailChimp footer is also displayed
I use Chrome, so if you are using something else you’ll need to translate these instructions to suit your browser. Right mouse click on the Subscribe button then click Inspect
We’re now looking at the code that generates that button.
Remove the unwanted elements
In my world, a Chrome panel opens with the page HTML code for the subscribe button highlighted in a grey background – see below
Click the 3 dot menu on the left-hand side then select Delete Element
Hazar! The Subscribe button disappears from your browser display!
Repeat the process for the other header and footer elements until you have a clean HTML page
Convert your cleaned page into a PDF using Print
Then click Ctrl P to force the Print dialog to display (in Windows at least)
In the Print dialog Destination, select Save as PDF
The browser will transform and then save your de-cluttered web page as a PDF. All the ugly elements you don’t want to print are gone!
Now you can then print that PDF to your printer for a clean version of your MailChimp email.
Voila – The Quick and Dirty way to create a clean printable PDF of your MailChimp newsletter
An online marketer with deep experience in Sales & Marketing as well as technical skills accumulated over the many years of working in this industry. He has been knee-deep in websites and online marketing since the mid 80’s.
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