Preview and Print Google Docs

Even in the digital age it’s handy now and then to have a physical printout of your Google Docs document. It’s pretty straightforward to do, but there are a couple of details that are worthy of mention.

If you’re working in the word processor application in Chrome (or Chromium) browser, your document will be printed exactly as it appears on the screen. For this reason, there’s no Print Preview function on Chrome.

If you’re working from a spreadsheet rather than a word processor document, the Print item pops open a slightly different dialog, from which you can set your options for which sheets you want printed, how to deal with headers, and the paper size and layout:

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To print from Chrome, select File > Print, use Ctrl + P, or use the printer icon from the menu. Whichever of these options you pick, you’ll open a print dialog where you can set your options before printing the document.

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If you’re printing from a different browser, such as Firefox, you’ll find that in the word processor application the File menu has a Print Preview option that isn’t present when working in Chrome. Click on that option to get a preview of how your document will be printed.

When you click Print, you’ll be given a print dialog allowing you to print the document using whatever options you have available.

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