How to print the background colors from a browser page

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Because printer ink isn’t exactly the cheapest office material to come by, it goes without saying that you’d want to be very careful on how you actually use it.

Because of this, many programs, and even the printers themselves are set by default to save ink whenever given the chance.

For example, most of the times when you try to print a web-page, you’re probably interested more in the text and other elements such as icons or images.

As such, the printing of background colors and images is disabled by default in some web browser applications.

This guide is here to help you figure out how to disable this function, depending on the browser you are using.

Steps to print background colors in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 10

  1. Navigate to to File tab
  2. Select Page Setup
  3. Check the Background Colors and Images box

Internet Explorer 11

  1. Click the gear icon on the top-right part of the screen
  2. hover the mouse cursor above the Print button
  3. Select Page Setup
  4. Check the Background Colors and Images box.
    Print background IE colors

Keep in mind that IE is a pretty old browser. The only IE version currently supported by Microsoft is Internet Explorer 11.

For this reason, if you’re still using IE, we strongly recommend installing a newer browser.

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How to print background colors in Firefox and Chrome


  1. Click File
  2. Go to the Setup tab
  3. Select the Format & Options tab from Setup tab’s dialog box
  4. Right under Options, check Print Background (colors & images)
    print background colors firefox
  5. Refresh the web-page and try printing again.

Print background colors in Chrome

Google Chrome is currently incapable of printing background colors and images, even with the help of third-party browser extensions.

If there are currently any other lesser-known browsers that allow the printing of background images, please do not hesitate to share them with the community in the comments below.



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