Nicolas Bouliane

Print preview significantly different from Inspector in Chrome? Posted on

Are you having issues with the Chrome print media emulator showing different results from print preview? Here’s how I solved this problem.

In the emulator, my styles were showing just fine, but despite all the !important rules in the world, nothing would work in print preview. It turns out the print preview will display your page before CSS transitions are applied, so if there’s a transition when some elements are moved, print preview will show them before that transition. This is especially tricky if you use CSS transitions for columns, responsive design, slide out menus etc.

Adding *{transition:none!important} in the print stylesheet fixed it for me.