Make Chrome Use the Default Print Window in Mac OS X
If you’re a majority Chrome browser user in Mac OS X you’ve probably noticed that when printing from the web browser, a custom print preview window opens up that looks quite different from the default print window on a Mac. Some users may like the alternate Chrome print preview option with it’s larger viewport and different options, but if you prefer the general default MacOS X print dialog window, you can use a defaults command string to modify the behavior of Chrome to use the broader Mac system default printer window instead.
Making this change is only going to impact the print preview window when summoned directly from the Chrome web browser, changing it from the Chrome version to the same version seen elsewhere on the Mac when printing anything, this defaults string has no effect on anything else in Mac OS X.
Make Chrome Use Default Print Window on Mac
- Quit out of Chrome app if it’s currently open in Mac OS X
- Launch Terminal (found in /Applications/Utilities/) and use the following defaults write command string:
- Exit out of Terminal and then relaunch Google Chrome
- Hit Command+P or go to the Print menu item to see the default printer option from OS X now in use with the Chrome browser app
defaults write com.google.Chrome DisablePrintPreview -bool true
Outside of keeping things consistent, one of the perks of using the general OS X print dialog window is a return of the easy printing to a PDF file option right in the print window, though that should work fine without this if you enabled a keyboard shortcut for that purpose.
If you’re reading this and not really sure what we’re referencing, here’s an example of what the Google Chrome browser custom print window looks like on a Mac:
And here’s what the default print window looks like on a Mac, this is what becomes the default print window in Chrome after the above defaults command is used:
If you feel like reversing this change back and returning to the Chrome custom print preview window, you can use flip the “true” to “false” in the above command like shown below, or use a defaults delete command string instead:
defaults write com.google.Chrome DisablePrintPreview -bool false
Again you’d want to relaunch the Google Chrome app in OS X to have the change carry over.