How To Use Your System's Default Print Dialog Instead Of Chrome's Crashy Print Preview

Chrome has implemented a built-in print dialog that, by default, gives you a preview of your print job in a new tab and handles all of your printing needs without going through your operating system's default print dialog.

It's a nice feature when it works, but in practice, the preview crashes -- a lot -- and when it does, the Print button is disabled. Here's how to work around Chrome's crashy print dialog so you can still get your print on when necessary.

Click the Advanced or Print using link: If you're using the beta or stable channel of Chrome, currently your only recourse is to go through Chrome's standard print dialog, let the print preview crash, and then click the Advanced link at the bottom of the lefthand sidebar (that link text changes to Print using system dialog in the dev channel). Clicking Advanced just opens your operating systems default print dialog.

Press Ctrl+Shift+P (Cmd+Shift+P on OS X): Currently available in the most recent version of Chrome's dev channel (which means it'll likely be in Chrome's beta and stable releases eventually), this shortcut skips Chrome's print dialog and opens you're system's standard print dialog.

As you can see, it's pretty simple if you know where to look. I've been having a lot of trouble with it lately, and I've heard complaints from others, so it seemed like a workaround others might be interested in. Hopefully the Chrome team will get this fixed up in time, because when it works, it really is a convenient feature.


Comments

    Yeah, I actually hadn't even realised that they'd finally got around to doing something about print preview because well it didn't have one! But the turd sandwich that's there now is a joke! Instead of going through the rigmarole shown above, I'd rather just bring the page up in FF! #[

    Chrome's print dialog hasn't crashed on me yet. *crosses fingers*

    I've never had any problems with it... maybe I'm just lucky?

    Never crashed for me either (though i have probably printed a grand total of 6 documents through it), its a little redundant when printing PDFs but still better experience than FF used to be (haven't used FF since early v4).

    Constantly prints about 1/4 of each page (Blown up to fill the whole a4 sheet) when I use it.

    Thanks for the tip

    The crappiest thing about Chrome printing is that if you're not using Chrome's built in PDF viewer, you can't print at all!

    Viewing PDFs inside a browser window, regardless of program, is completely retarded. So this means you can't print at all. Great.

    I haven't had it crash on me, and I actually quite like it.

    Though as Greg mentioned, the PDF thing is annoying. Adobe Reader installed itself over the default Chrome one (I don't really care, as long as it works and is fast enough.) I don't see why it can't have the Chrome PDF viewer enabled for just the printer dialogue.

    I also like the new print dialog - no crash so far and slick as a pig covered in fat!

    As usual, getting it to work was not even an issue - it all just fell into place.

    The Print function in Chrome is very user-UNFRIENDLY, and there should be a way to disable it, better still , uninstall it.

    The ideal would be the bare-bones Chrome browser, and the options to install (and un-install) add-ons such as Chrome Print, once the glithches and bugs have been fixed.

    I hate this change. I print using my POS terminal and I dont want another dialog. There has to be a default setup to go back to the original print dialog instead of going thru this crap.

    I actually removed chrome today and switched back to Firefox.

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