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Firefox always prints webpage background color

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  • Last reply by Tim

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I have used two different computers and two different printers with same results. Printing works fine when printed from Internet Explore. Older versions of Firefox workfine. An example page is my home page

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If you go to Page Setup is the option "Print Background" checked?

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No it is not checked

Modified by bigcrawdaddy

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Do you see the background when you go to Print preview?

I do not see the background being printed on my setup.

Does the issue still occur if you start Firefox in Safe Mode?

How about with a new, empty profile?

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I have been printing from three different computers. All three with new installs of the latest versions of Firefox. Two of the three are new laptops running Windows 7, the third ia an old Windows XP desktop. All three have access to three network printers.

I spent many hours last night working on this issue and I think I found the issue but I know of no way to fix it.

I have low vision and so when using computers I set them into the High Contrast Mode. It is when the computers are in High Contrast Mode that Firefox prints the background of websites.

This was never an issue in Firefox before version 4. Maybe a fix for this will be in the next build.

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Does it help if you also disable the website colors, possibly only during printing?

  • Tools > Options > Content : Fonts & Colors > Colors : [ ] "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above"
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Sorry but not that has no effect at all. I'm not a normal pc user I know I have tried every setting it has been this way since version 4 of Firefox.

Maybe if someone would try the following they might get the same results as I do.

From a Windows XP or Windows 7 press Alt+Shift+Print Screen a box will come up asking if you want to use High Contrast, click Yes. Your screen will now have a black barckround and either witite or yellow text.

Now open Firefox 4,5,6,7 and go to and print the page. I bet you get a black page with two photos.

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Found a bug report for Thunderbird -

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Thanks fmdeveloper now I know I'm not juts but others have these issues and it not only with xp but any version of windows and all versions of Firefox since version 4

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fmdeveloper can you add to that bug report the issue I'm having. I don't think they have looked at the link to this issue.

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The bug has been confirmed and will be assigned to someone to fix. They have identified the cause. If you want to keep up to date, vote for, or add yourself as a CC to the bug.