How to Enable/Disable Google Chrome Print Preview Feature

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Believe it or not, there didn’t used to be a Google Chrome print preview feature. Initially, you had to enable a Chrome flag to use it. Now, the feature is public, though you might not know how to access it.

Using Google Chrome Print Preview

When you find a page you want to print, go to the menu in the top-right corner or use the Ctrl + P shortcut.

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By default, you’ll get to preview your page before it prints. This also gives you the opportunity to make a few changes if you want, such as choosing a different printer.

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Since web pages often have text you may not want, such as a header or footer, you can adjust how many pages print to save on paper or just make a PDF shorter.

Disable Print Preview in Chrome

If you want to skip the Google Chrome print preview step, you can disable it but not within Chrome.

Instead, change the properties of the icon you use to access Chrome. The easiest method is to change the icon on your desktop or within your Start Menu. You can then re-add the shortcut to your taskbar if that’s where you prefer it.

Open your Start menu and search for Chrome. Select “Open file location.”

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Right-click the Google Chrome shortcut and select “Properties.”

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Click the Shortcut tab. Add --disable-print-preview after the quotation marks in the Target box.

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Click Apply. If a pop-up appears about administrator access, confirm you want to proceed. If you don’t have administrator access on your account, you won’t be able to do this.

Now, right-click the Chrome shortcut icon again and choose where you want it. If you already have Chrome pinned to your taskbar, you’ll need to unpin the icon and re-pin it using the changed shortcut. The same is true with your Start menu.

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You can pin it to your taskbar, Start menu, or send it to your Desktop. When you click this new shortcut, the Print option automatically prints using you default settings.

However, the Windows 10 print preview will appear. Getting rid of that requires Group Policy, which isn’t included in the Home version of Windows 10 and doesn’t always work. There are some more complex workarounds, but it’s easier to simply press Enter on your keyboard to quickly bypass the screen. You used to be able to use --kiosk-printing along with --disable-print-preview, but Chrome disabled this option in the latest versions.

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Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

13 comments

    1. This thread has the answer…worked for me:

      http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=72d06845756f9ce7&hl=en&fid=72d06845756f9ce70004a9adc36d3d98

  1. Umm, the about:flags page no longer has Print preview as an option to enable or disable – or the one that loaded for me doesn’t have it

    Is there a second page of these?
    How do I get to it?

  2. I agree Julie, there is no Print Preview as an option. So what do we do now? I am so upset I have to waste my time trying to disable a feature that is really annoying and on top of that time consuming to discard!!! What next?

    1. Alternatively, use the “–disable-print-preview”
      flag at the Chrome app shortcut.

      Taken from http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=72d06845756f9ce7&hl=en&fid=72d06845756f9ce70004a9adc36d3d98

  3. Simply go to chrome shortcut on the desktop ” right click choose properties at the end of the target field add with 2 spaces after quotation mark and then type:”  –disable-print-preview   then press ok:  

  4. For example: I am sure it will work I had fixed it. Thnanks to Dingus and daaaaaveeee 

    “C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAMELocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe”  –disable-print-preview

  5. Sorry: at first coment i mistakenly write incomplete email add:

    CORRECTION: syedasifhussainaqvi@gmail.com

  6. I’m having a print preview issue on MacOS and would love to disable. I now need to use Safari whenever I have to print. Any insight on how to fix it on Mac?

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