Printing

Print digital copies of items on Trove, including newspapers, gazettes, magazines, newsletters, images, maps and objects.

Note: These instructions are for printing digital copies of items that are in the National Library of Australia collection and viewed through Trove. Items that are accessed through external sites and other organisations will have their own printing instructions.

Follow the steps below to print copies from each Trove category.


Copyright restrictions may apply when getting copies of physical items and digital content. You may only be able to get a copy of part of the item/content and you may need to seek permission from a copyright owner.


Newspapers & gazettes

Print article 

  1. While article is in the Trove viewer, select Print    in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Select format: Image or Text. This will generate a new browser tab with the article formatted for printing. A Print window will appear over this tab.
  3. In the Print window, adjust the printing preferences as needed and follow the options to print.

Note: Long articles will be split into several images to fit onto A4-sized pages. Images will overlap to ensure that no information is lost. 

To change the size of a long article to fit on one page:

  1. Select Download   
  2. Select format: Image or PDF.
  3. Select Change size.
  4. Select a size: the smaller the size, the smaller the image will appear on the page, and the smaller the file size will be.
  5. Select the Create... button.
  6. When the image has been created, select the View... button. The image will be generated in a new browser tab. 
  7. This image is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.
  1. Select Article text    in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. In the Article text window, select View all articles on this page    in the top left corner.
  3. Select Print    in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  4. Select Image. This will generate a new browser tab with the page formatted for printing.
  5. This page is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.
  1. While the item is in the Trove viewer, select Download    in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. Select Issue from the drop down menu.
  3. Select PDF. Trove will commence preparing the PDF.
  4. Select View PDF. This will generate a new browser tab with the entire issue in PDF format.
  5. This page is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.

Remove search highlighting

If you reach a newspaper article as a result of a search, the keyword/s used in the search will be highlighted in the article. 

To remove the highlighting:

  1. Select Details   in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. In the Details window, select the Article identifier link. This opens the article without the highlight/s.

Magazines & Newsletters

  1. While the item is in the Trove viewer, select Download   in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. A list of file formats may be available to choose from. Format options will vary with each type of item.
  3. The option to select a page range may be available. Select with the All or Current buttons, or by moving the sliders on the range bar.
  4. Select Start download.
  5. Open the downloaded file.
  6. This file is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.

Images, Maps & Artefacts

  1. While the item is in the Trove viewer, select Download   in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. A list of file formats may be available to choose from. Format options will vary with each type of item.
  3. The option to select a page range may be available. Select with the All or Current buttons, or by moving the sliders on the range bar.
  4. Select Start download.
  5. Open the downloaded file.
  6. This file is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.

Research & Reports

  1. While the item is in the Trove viewer, select Download   in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. A list of file formats may be available to choose from. Format options will vary with each type of item.
  3. The option to select a page range may be available. Select with the All or Current buttons, or by moving the sliders on the range bar.
  4. Select Start download.
  5. Open the downloaded file.
  6. This file is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.

Books & Libraries

  1. While the item is in the Trove viewer, select Download   in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. A list of file formats may be available to choose from. Format options will vary with each type of item.
  3. The option to select a page range may be available. Select with the All or Current buttons, or by moving the sliders on the range bar.
  4. Select Start download
  5. Open the downloaded file.
  6. This file is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.

Diaries, Letters & Archives

  1. While the item is in the Trove viewer, select Download   in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. A list of file formats may be available to choose from. Format options will vary with each type of item.
  3. The option to select a page range may be available. Select with the All or Current buttons, or by moving the sliders on the range bar.
  4. Select Start download.
  5. Open the downloaded file.
  6. This file is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.

Printed Music

  1. While the item is in the Trove viewer, select Download   in the sidebar on the left hand side of the screen.
  2. A list of file formats may be available to choose from. Format options will vary with each type of item.
  3. The option to select a page range may be available. Select with the All or Current buttons, or by moving the sliders on the range bar.
  4. Select Start download.
  5. Open the downloaded file.
  6. This file is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.

Audio (text summary)

  1. While the item is in the Trove audio player, select the Download button above the player. A window will appear with available Text Summary formats.
  2. To choose a Text Summary, select Plain Text or PDF to download.
  3. Open the downloaded file.
  4. This file is ready for printing according to the options of your browser or computer.