• Printing HTML5 Publications

When you print your publication (or part of it), you want it to look great. HTML5 is a technology that is designed for web pages, not to print documents. When it comes to printing, no document type beats PDF. That is why the print function in your publication actually downloads a PDF file to print that instead.

If you use Google Chrome, or Safari on Mac, then your browser will immediately ‘catch’ the downloaded PDF and bring up the system print window. Unfortunately, other browsers don’t support this function (yet). In this case, after pressing the print button, the PDF is downloaded instead. You will then have to open the PDF in the downloads folder and print it manually.

Please click on this screenshot to see what will happen after you press the Print button of your browser:

Most browsers download your PDF to your standard ‘Downloads’ folder, but the way in which they do that may vary. If you have any problems in downloading or finding the file, please refer to your browser's help-information. The links below may be helpful:

Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/where-find-and-manage-downloaded-files-firefox
Microsoft Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4026331/windows-change-the-downloads-folder-location-in-microsoft-edge
Internet Explorer 11: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17436/windows-internet-explorer-download-files-from-web
Opera: http://help.opera.com/Windows/12.10/en/downloads.html

I am using Chrome but I don’t see the print dialog

Chrome has a setting which can be set to download files directly, bypassing the printing dialog. You can change it as follows:

  1. Open Chrome’s options menu by pressing on the icon with three vertically arranged dots, next to the address bar
  2. Choose ‘Settings
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click ‘Advanced
  4. In the ‘Privacy and Security’ section choose ‘Content settings


   5. In the Content Settings, click on ‘PDF documents

   6. Disable the option ‘Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome

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