Headers printing in Google Chrome

Posted in Technicalon Sep 11, 2008

I have a project which requires me to print from a web browser. Firefox wasn’t printing things very correctly, which prompted me to consider printing through Google Chrome.

Google Chrome did a reasonable job at rending the pages, but it has one problem. It wants to print headers on the top and bottom of all the pages including: the url, the page title, the date, and the page number. For my print job, I don’t want to reveal all that information, and I would prefer to print my pages without it.

In Firefox, I am given a Page Setup option from the File menu where I can customize headers, footers, and margins for printing. I cannot find any such option in Google Chrome.

28 Comments

Jim Jacobs

September 20th, 2008 at 4:46 am

I agree. Our application also requires the ability to remove the headers and footers. We print customer receipts and labels on narrow paper on specialized printers. Every other browser (IE, FF, Opera, Safari) works correctly. Chrome’s headers and footers wrap around, causing extra lines and form feeds. I’ve written to the Google development team several times suggesting that if they’re serious about creating a browser for business applications through the web, the ability to allow an application to format the printed page is crucial, not just a nicety.

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January 14th, 2009 at 11:52 am

[...] No page settings for printing. Normally, when a page prints, there are additional headers and footers such as page number, date, title, and web page addresses.  In some cases this may be helpful, but in other cases I may not want this, such as when I’m printing off a web-based document for distribution to others.  Google Chrome has no way to customize these page headers for printing.  Having customizable page headers is important for a web browser that wishes to be a framework for applications that may want the user to print. [...]

Jon Stevens

February 11th, 2009 at 6:03 am

I will add that we have now switched to Chrome for most of our work, but the inability to modify/exclude the print headers still requires us to fall back on IE for our receipt printing. I hope Google address this soon.

Steve

March 24th, 2009 at 6:13 am

Amen to the above.
We print bin ticket labels from a web page, with barcodes, and Chrome is out of the options. Firefox is working great for us as it let’s us decide what we want to print.

Ciro Faienza

May 27th, 2009 at 11:23 am

It would also be nice to be able to set the margins of the print. As it stands, Chrome prints web pages with an absurd 2-inch border, which none of my other browsers do. I get that some people might prefer it, but I’m used to the way other browsers render a page for print, and Chrome’s print margins result in a huge waste of paper.

William Davison

August 12th, 2009 at 3:58 am

Are the Google Chrome developers on drugs, why is there no page setup control, i don’t want headers and footers on the page. Even the Beta 3.0 does not have it

Alex Gaber

August 25th, 2009 at 11:59 am

Google Chrome needs Page Setup to remove headers, it affects our company in many ways. It seems that this should be a standard feature!

Dan

September 1st, 2009 at 4:22 am

Hi I agree. We ship via paypal, and the header affects the amount of labels we can get per print job… Page set up is a must

Kevin

December 10th, 2009 at 4:55 am

Agreed! Chrome is faster for what I need to do but I can not use it to print since the Star Receipt printer requires No headers/footers sent or you will have a mile long receipt. It is a deal killer for my use for now.

Jordan

January 4th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

interestingly enough….. there is an add on for the beta version of chrome that allows a user to run in IE compatibility… it then gives the options for print preview..page setup….. etc

Stu Collings

February 17th, 2010 at 11:32 am

Yes, having to print headers and footers on invoices is a deal-breaker for me too. Love the speed of Chrome but still need to drop back into IE when printing! Come on Chrome Guys – you know it makes sense!!!!

kevin

March 2nd, 2010 at 11:10 am

Same problem here. back to firefox for now… get with it, chrome.

Bert

August 16th, 2010 at 6:56 am

I don’t have a problem with Chrome period

Paulo

September 28th, 2010 at 10:40 am

First post… 2 years ago, hello Google? Love to use one browser, but only IE has print options.

Animesh Ray

October 2nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I request the Google to introduce the Header and Footer printing option while printing from Chrome environment. The Firefox and IE have the same facility. Please do something positive, otherwise we have to migrate for sometime in Firefox to get the printing option in the interest my business related printing.

Lai HC

January 16th, 2011 at 5:09 am

Yes, seem the problem still not address after 2 years … many people use browser to print office documents which don’t want the header appear in the print out …

luciano

April 29th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

We were forced to move to Firefox in order to be able to print web documents without header/footer. sniff

Abhishek Goenka

May 2nd, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I don’t know why Chrome guys have removed basic functionality. Anyway, I have submitted feature request to Google Chrome.

Phil Seakins

May 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am

It is essential that Google Chrome have a print setup facility in order to control or eliminate the printing of page headers and footers and to define page orientation. Print preview is also essential.

DDSS

July 31st, 2011 at 11:02 am

The funny thing is, sometimes I like to have the url at the top and bottom of the page, and now Google Chrome seems to have taken it away, with no way to re-enable it! I downloaded Chrome earlier this year and have updated it twice, I think, but I just printed something for which it would be useful to have the URL, but it’s not there. Using IE9 is a hassle for me, even more than IE8 was, compared to Chrome. I might use Safari for that then, but I use it very rarely. This problem needs to be addressed.

marketing guru

August 4th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Install the IE Tab app in Google Chrome or Firefox, and then you can view the webpage in an IE viewer and print the header and footers.

http://www.ietab.net/home

Martin

August 6th, 2011 at 7:34 am

Yes, I agree with DDSS, It would be nice to look at the firefox “page setup”. Most of the time I don’t want to have the URL and other annoying technical stuff

BUT right now, I want to print a page for my lawyer. Of course, I need to have URL, date, #of pages.

Is it not possible to just do give us an switch? On or off. That’s it. History showed us, that you guys (at Google) can do both of the options working. Thanks.

Learn Qigong Online

November 13th, 2011 at 1:32 am

Folks, look at Marketing Guru’s post a couple above. Suggestion there worked like a champ.

IE tab is a plugin that allows Chrome or Firefox to go into “Internet Explorer mode” for just a short period of time.

Simple toggle on/off switch to get into IE.

Worked like a champ, thanks for the clever solution!

Robert Gillen

December 6th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I am trying to change the page margins in Chrome like you can in Firefox, but can’t for the life of me find out how to do this! It seems from what I keep reading that it’s not possible.

I’ve been reading posts from three years ago where users can not print headers and footers or change the page margins. Chrome does allow you to print headers and footers finally after three years but they still do not allow you to change page margins.

I need to my customers to print full page without margins and the only way right now is to use Firefox or IE. I do not want to have to tell my customers to install a plugin in order to print correctly. It’s easier to tell them to use Firefox instead.

When will a Page Margins setting be added to the new Print Preview page?

Bilu

January 19th, 2012 at 5:44 am

Hi

I just made small trick:
@page {
margin: 0cm;
}
and there is no header or footer :)

I have other problem: 10cm is 107mm while printing… Is there a way to set physical cm rather than logical?

Faithful Google Chrome User

February 21st, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Three and a half years now, and this has yet to be suitably handled in Chrome. Google? Are you listening to your “customers?” Or, are your customers only the advertisers who pay for the ads in AdWords?

Send your comment to the Google Chrome team here: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/request.py?contact_type=survey

Pocono Charlie

February 24th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Now 4.5 years!

Filip Kemuel

August 17th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

You can actually customize the headers.. and it has been possible for a long time..
Google chrome reads the CSS of a page and if there is header and footer customizations there they will be used for that print.

So by setting up margin-boxes in CSS one kan turn headers on/off.

EX: @page {
size: 8.5in 11in;
margin: 10%;

@top-left {
content: “Hamlet”;
}
@top-right {
content: “Page ” counter(page);
}
}

See: http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-page/#margin-boxes

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