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Force Google Chrome to use Mac OS X system print dialogue

if you’re reading this post, you’re likely fed up with Chrome hi-jacking your printing experience on OS X. Personally, every time I “print” something from Chrome, I want to use the OS X interface. That’s because I very rarely print to a physical printer. Instead, I use the PDF menu to save the page I am looking at into an application for such things (Devonthink, in my case).

If you only want to use the OS X system print interface from time-to-time, the easiest way is possibly to just select Option-Command-P on the keyboard. If, like me, you want to default to the system print interface, here’s how.

You can force Chrome to use the default OS X print window with an easy Terminal command.

  1. First, quit Chrome completely, including any open Chrome apps.
  2. Launch Terminal. Just hit Command-Space to bring up Spotlight, and type in “Terminal”.
  3. In Terminal, enter the following command and press Return on your keyboard:
defaults write com.google.Chrome DisablePrintPreview -bool true

There will be no confirmation or feedback from Terminal. So long as you copy/pasted (or typed in) the command correctly, you’re all set.

Close terminal, and reopen Chrome. Hit Command-P and see if it worked.

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7 Comments

    • Thanks Brenda. I’m glad this tip helped. Such a time-waster trying to get around it, without knowing this “secret” trick! Enjoy.

    • Yes, you change “false” with “true”. Although please note is it `bool` (with an ‘l’) as opposed to `boot` (with a ‘t’).

  1. Jonathan. I rarely reply/post online but I have to tell you, Chrome hijacking the print conversation was so frustrating and your tip so simple and effective. Thank you! It worked perfectly. Appreciate you sharing your IT wisdom.

    • Hi Jim. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know this was helpful. Yes, I also got rather frustrated by this Chrome print issue. I’m glad this solution helped you out.

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