Research Tip: Dual-Column Printing in Fastcase

With many web-based legal research services, printing is a big mess. You get big, ugly web addresses on the bottom of the page, awkward page breaks, and text cut off on the bottom and right side of the page.

Not so with Fastcase and its dual-column print utility. With Fastcase, you can customize the appearance of your case and can print easily and beautifully, in Microsoft Word format, PDF format, or in Rich Text format (RTF) for use in WordPerfect.

When you’re doing caselaw research on Fastcase, you’ll see the Print/Save button on the top right hand side of your screen (see the image at top right). Click that link, and you get a menu of choices. These allow you to customize your case printout exactly the way you like it.

Do you want your search terms highlighted in the case or not? Do you want the case formatted in one column, or in dual-column format, like the books? What kind of document format do you want – Word *.doc, Adobe *.pdf, or WordPerfect *.rtf?

When you have selected all of your preferences (or just gone with the defaults – no highlighting, dual-column, Word format), click Print. Fastcase will ask your permission to open the program necessary to view your case – and when prompted, click Open. Fastcase will then format your case to your specifications and open the case in a new window. Caselaw research as easy as pie!

Now you have a beautiful, predictable, perfect version of the case. From here, you can further format the case in your word processor, selecting your own fonts and font sizes. (Don’t edit the court’s opinion – that’s a sure recipe for trouble!) You can save the case for later reference, print the case, e-mail it to someone else – anything you’d do with a document on your computer.

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Winner of the prestigious American Association of Law Libraries (New Product) Award, Fastcase for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone is used by more attorneys than any other legal app according to the ABA. Anyone may use the app for free to access Fastcase's comprehensive legal research database on the go.