Surendar Vinayagamoorthy
Surendar Vinayagamoorthy

Surendar Vinayagamoorthy

Designing the Print Preview - Chrome Dev Tools

Designing the Print Preview - Chrome Dev Tools

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Surendar Vinayagamoorthy
·Jan 2, 2021·

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Have you ever wondered, how would your webpage look when printed? 🤔 And you don't have a printer? or you don't want to waste a ton of papers for development?

Chrome dev tools got you covered!

Following are the steps to check your print preview in Chrome,

Step 1: Open developer Tools - Command+Option+C (Mac) or Control+Shift+C (Windows, Linux, Chrome OS)

Step 2: Press Command+Shift+P (Mac) or Control+Shift+P (Windows, Linux, Chrome OS) to open the Command Menu.

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Step 3: Type rendering, select Show Rendering, and then press Enter.

Step 4: rendering window will be available now. Under Emulate CSS media select print.

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Normal View

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Let's consider, as per requirement, we don't need to show the social icons at the bottom while printing the page. For changing a particular CSS attribute while printing, we need to get the 'CSS Selector' of the elements that need to change. In our scenario, all the social icons have a class of .social. Adding the below media query to our styles will hide the social icons only during print.

@media print {
    .social {
        display: none;

And voila,

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Hope you find this useful. Let me know if it could be improved in the comments and feel free to follow on Twitter - radnerus93

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