Michael Gaigg: Über UI/UX Design


Design Guidelines: Print Stylesheet

One of the most elegant techniques in web design is the use of a print stylesheet to control the style of a webpage on a hardcopy. Being so easy and cheap it is by far the most undervalued technique out there.
Often overseen bonuses are

  • adding copyright statements or thank you notes,
  • controlling which elements should not be seen (remove menu, commercials,...) and
  • in general ensure that the printed page is legible (contrast especially for links, fonts, ...).
Results of applying a print stylesheet to the page

Results of applying a print stylesheet to the page

Design Guideline for a Print Stylesheet

  1. Make page legible
    • Use serif font family (e.g. Georgia)
    • Use points (e.g. 12pt)
    • Ensure good contrast (e.g. color: #000; background: #FFF)
  2. Maximize paper use (e.g. width: 100%)
  3. Hide elements not relevant to print (e.g. display: none)
  4. Add content relevant to print (e.g. spell out links, thank you note)
  5. Use correct markup to reduce amount of styling (e.g. h1, h2,...)

How it works

Embed an extra stylesheet designed for print media into the page.

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="print" href="print.css" />

This stylesheet takes effect when a user invokes the print function of the browser and overrules style elements in other stylesheets on the page.

Then either provide a button or link that triggers a javascript function to print the page or have the user go through the browser's menu, even print preview would show you the expected layout already.

<a href="#" onclick="window.print();return false;">Print page</a>

I know, evil javascript, but hey, if turned on it works cross-browser (except IE6 with multiple IE versions installed).

Code sample

I recognize that many samples can be found on the web but I also found them incomplete in many cases. I don't claim to be compete myself, but I really like with what I came up with and most of all would like to hear your comments and feedback or even better references or links where you applied it to.

Download sample code


<style type="text/css" media="all">
@import "main.css";
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="print" href="print.css" />
<div id="wrapper">
<div id="statement">Legal statement and thank you note.</div>
<div id="header">Header</div>
<div id="content">Content plus <a href="http://link.com/">Link</a></div>
<div id="footer">Footer</div>


html, body, div, span, applet, object, iframe,
h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, blockquote, pre,
a, abbr, acronym, address, big, cite, code,
del, dfn, em, font, img, ins, kbd, q, s, samp,
small, strike, strong, sub, sup, tt, var,
dl, dt, dd, ol, ul, li,
fieldset, form, label, legend,
table, caption, tbody, tfoot, thead, tr, th, td {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
border: 0;
outline: 0;
font-weight: inherit;
font-style: inherit;
font-size: 100%;
font-family: inherit;
vertical-align: baseline;
/* remember to define focus styles! */
:focus {
outline: 0;
body {
line-height: 1;
color: black;
background: white;
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
ol, ul {
list-style: none;
/* tables still need 'cellspacing="0"' in the markup */
table {
border-collapse: separate;
border-spacing: 0;
caption, th, td {
text-align: left;
font-weight: normal;
blockquote:before, blockquote:after,
q:before, q:after {
content: "";
blockquote, q {
quotes: "" "";
#wrapper {
background: #FFFFFF none repeat scroll 0%;
margin: 0pt auto;
width: 600px;
#header {
border: 1px solid #CCC;
margin: 5px;
padding: 5px;
#content {
border: 1px solid #CCC;
background: #EEE;
margin: 5px;
padding: 5px;
height: 200px;
#footer {
border: 1px solid #CCC;
margin: 5px;
padding: 5px;
a:link, a:visited {
border-bottom:1px dotted;
a:visited {
a:hover, a:focus {
a:focus {
/*background:#FFFFCC none repeat scroll 0%;*/
#statement {
display: none;


body {
font-family: Georgia, serif;
background: #FFF;
color: #000;
font-size: 12pt;
#wrapper, #content {
width: auto;
height: auto;
margin: 0 5%;
padding: 0;
border: 0;
float: none !important;
color: #000;
background: transparent none;
#content {
margin: 10px;
#header, #menu, #sidebar, #footer, .noprint {
display: none;
#statement {
display: block;
border: 1px solid #666;
padding: 10px;
a:link, a:visited {
color: #781351;
background: transparent;
text-decoration: underline;
a:link:after, a:visited:after {
content: " [" attr(href) "] ";


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