How to Print Kindle Files

Updated April 17, 2017

With the Amazon Kindle, you may read documents in several formats, including .azw, .mobi, .prc, .txt, .rtf and .pdf. If you want to share a document from Kindle, you may either print a screen shot or print a clipping.

Go to the Kindle page you want to print. Press "Shift" + "Alt" + "G" on the Kindle keyboard. This saves the current screen as a .gif image file.

Attach the Kindle to a computer with the USB cord. Click "Open in Windows Explorer to "View Files and Folders" in the Autoplay menu.

Locate the screen shot you saved in the "Documents" folder on the Kindle. Copy it to a computer. Open it in MSPaint or a similar program to print.

Open the periodical article you want to print on your Kindle. Press the "Menu" button, then select "Clip this article."

Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable and select "Open in Windows Explorer to View Files and Folders."

Open "My Clippings.txt" in the Kindle "Documents" folder. Double-clicking the file opens it in your default text editor. You may then print the clipping.


You may not print out entire .azw documents. These are files in Amazon's proprietary, copy-protected format. Portions of a book that you highlight on a Kindle will be saved to your clippings file. You may not print most books by highlighting as there is a hidden limit to how much of a book you may save as a clipping. The limit varies from book to book, but is usually around 10 per cent.

Things You'll Need

  • Kindle USB cord
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