Chrome gets Simplify Page printing option

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 5, 2015
Updated • Sep 14, 2016
Google Chrome

I don't really print out web pages ever, but when I visit my parents, I see them print out Wikipedia pages and other informational web pages regularly.

If you do print out web pages on a regular basis, you may know that it is possible to save printer ink and paper by optimizing content on the page before you send it to the printer.

This can be done with readability extensions that turn the page into an optimized version directly, or with services that let you modify the print out before it is sent to the printer.

Google Chrome users may soon be able to make use of such a feature directly in the Chrome browser. Currently available only in Chromium and Chrome Canary, it enables you to check an option in the print settings to turn the web page you are about to print in an optimized version.

Update: Google seems to have removed the simplify print option in the Chrome browser. When you open the print dialog it is no longer displayed as an option. We suggest you use one of the readability extensions listed above for that purpose.

The feature works very similar to readability extensions that optimize the look and feel of a web page you are viewing in the browser. Instead of doing that, Chrome's option is limited to optimizing page content in the print dialog.

When you select the print option in Chrome, either with a quick tap on Ctrl-P or by selecting the option from the main toolbar menu or right-click context menu, you see the new "simplify page" option on the page listed next to the regular print options.

chrome simplify page

The page is transformed automatically as soon as you select the "simplify page" option in the print settings. Chrome removes most elements from the page with the exception of core content such as text, select images or links.

The layout of the page is often optimized in the process as well so that you end up with a compact version of it in the end.

You will save printer ink and sometimes even paper in most occasions. There is no option currently to make the option permanent. Whenever you print, you need to enable it manually in the print options.

Chrome's new "simplify page" option improves printing in the browser. While that is a good thing, it is less flexible than third-party solutions that provide you with options to select elements to keep or remove from the print out.

Since it is built-in on the other hand, it may become the preferred solution of Chrome users who don't want to install a third-party extension or bookmarklet to achieve a similar result.

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Chrome gets Simplify Page printing option
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Chrome gets Simplify Page printing option
Google added a new option to Chrome's print dialog that allows you to print out a simplified page to optimize the print out and save printer ink and paper.
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  1. Michel Munier said on May 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    why your article is not updated if chrome removed “Simplify Page” in 216…We are nearly half 2020 now! and I spent so much time trying to see it. Of course it’s not there anymore, lucky I read some comment to find out?

  2. angela said on September 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Whats the last version of chrome that had that option?

  3. TeacherMan said on September 29, 2016 at 3:34 am

    What happened to the simplify page option?!?!?! GRRRR! I just discovered and started utilizing it in August and now in September, it is gone. What gives, Google?!

  4. staci said on September 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    *gasp!* ohnoooooo :D

  5. staci said on September 21, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I only recently discovered the “Simplify Page” option and yesterday (09/21/2016) I see *poof* it’s gone! :( It was EXTREMELY useful. Waah, please bring it back. I used it frequently because I print off the web a few times every day. I’m compiling notebooks of specific techniques and projects. Please? :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm
      1. Anonymous said on September 21, 2016 at 10:34 pm

        Nooooooooo! :D

  6. Jim said on September 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Why did Google kill the simplify page option? It cuts out advertising. Money! The only reason Google’s billionaire’s do anything. (Remember “Don’t be evil” …?)

  7. Walt Kachanis said on September 16, 2016 at 12:57 am

    “Simplify page matters”, BRING IT BACK………………….

  8. DJBoca said on September 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I think the functionality is now gone :(

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 14, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      You are right, I just checked and the option is gone. I have updated the article to reflect that.

      1. DJBoca said on September 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm

        Sad – it was a great help to my reference library. Google must have received too much pressure from advertising vendors or itself asking it to remove the feature. The official response is that “it wasn’t utilized enough” is bull.

  9. PJ said on April 13, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Simplify page from the printing menu never loads. Very annoying.

    1. Bob G said on April 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Me Too. Click on Simplify Page and Get Spinning Ball or Whatever, for 5 Minutes then Give up. What can we do to Fix?

  10. zayd k said on February 24, 2016 at 4:34 am

    “…it is possible to safe printer ink.” it should be save, right?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 24, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Right, corrected. Thanks!

  11. Kaila said on February 9, 2016 at 4:30 am

    thank heavens they’ve implemented this! as a student in high school, my teachers like having paper copies of everything
    as a result, I find myself using a stupid amount of paper and toner that I would *love* to avoid in the future… and I’m pretty sure if they were the ones paying for it they’d feel the same.

  12. Bryan Kuro said on November 8, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    I’m really glad to know about this! I rarely print sites, but when I am at work I need to print things and just need the basic information from them.

  13. Biu said on November 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Similar (but more powerful, imho) option for Firefox:

  14. Earl said on November 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Print to paper? …pretty much never. Print to a PDF–to “capture” the page info for later reference? …pretty much all the time.

    1. Tom said on November 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Ref Earl’s comment. I use CleanPrint to reduce the number of pages when I need to print an instruction manual doubke sided..
      Try reading a 50 or 60 page PDF on screen without losing the will to live !!!

  15. Abhi said on November 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks Martin,
    I usually make notes by downloading webpage, so I use PrintWhatyoulike extension
    It helps me to customize webpage as I like.

    1. Tom said on November 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Martin, I have been using CleanPrint from for over a year.
      It is available in the Chrome Webstore extensions.
      If you access the FormatDynamics site (see above), you can download it for all versions of Firefox, Cyberfox, etc.

      CleanPrint really does save paper AND it will show and print all page content including graphics. Content which you do not want to print can be removed easily.
      Try it and don’t buy it because it’s free.

      1. MS said on September 14, 2016 at 3:09 am

        Thanks for the tip…As of September 2016, Chrome V 53.0.2785, the Simplify Page has been removed from Chrome. Followed your advice and added the CleanPrint extension, it works really well

      2. Tom said on November 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

        Reference my comment above, you must be running the relevant browser e.g. Firefox, Cyberfox when you access the FormatDynamics site. The site will automatically recognise your browser and display the correct download for the browser. Sorry for the blooper !

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