Background color not showing in print preview


I am trying to print a page. In that page I have given a table a background color. When I view the print preview in chrome its not taking on the background color property...

So I tried this property:

-webkit-print-color-adjust: exact; 

but still its not showing the color.

.vendorListHeading {
  background-color: #1a4567;
  color: white;
  -webkit-print-color-adjust: exact; 

<div class="bs-docs-example" id="soTable" style="padding-top: 10px;">
  <table class="table" style="margin-bottom: 0px;">
      <tr class="vendorListHeading" style="">
        <th>PO Number</th>
        <th>Quote Number</th>
        <th>Account Mgr</th>
        <th>Shipping Method</th>
        <th>Shipping Account</th>
        <th style="width: 184px;">QA</th>
        <th id="referenceSO">Reference</th>
        <th id="referenceSO" style="width: 146px;">End-User Name</th>
        <th id="referenceSO" style="width: 118px;">End-User's PO</th>
        <th id="referenceSO" style="width: 148px;">Tracking Number</th>
      <tr class="">
        <td>Jim B.</td>
        <td>510 xxx yyyy</td>
        <td>[email protected]</td>
        <td id="referenceSO">12/23/2012</td>
        <td id="referenceSO">Approved</td>
6/17/2016 9:12:38 PM

Accepted Answer

The Chrome CSS property -webkit-print-color-adjust: exact; works appropriately.

However, making sure you have the correct CSS for printing can often be tricky. Several things can be done to avoid the difficulties you are having. First, separate all your print CSS from your screen CSS. This is done via the @media print and @media screen.

Often times just setting up some extra @media print CSS is not enough because you still have all your other CSS included when printing as well. In these cases you just need to be aware of CSS specificity as the print rules don't automatically win against non-print CSS rules.

In your case, the -webkit-print-color-adjust: exact is working. However, your background-color and color definitions are being beaten out by other CSS with higher specificity.

While I do not endorse using !important in nearly any circumstance, the following definitions work properly and expose the problem:

@media print {
    tr.vendorListHeading {
        background-color: #1a4567 !important;
        -webkit-print-color-adjust: exact; 

@media print {
    .vendorListHeading th {
        color: white !important;

Here is the fiddle (and embedded for ease of print previewing).

7/9/2018 1:18:13 PM

That CSS property is all you need it works for me...When previewing in Chrome you have the option to see it BW and Color(Color: Options- Color or Black and white) so if you don't have that option, then I suggest to grab this Chrome extension and make your life easier:

The site you added on fiddle needs this in your media print css (you have it just need to add it...

media print CSS in the body:

@media print {
body {-webkit-print-color-adjust: exact;}

UPDATE OK so your issue is has a media print css as well as you remove that and that should give you need to either do your own or stick with bootstraps print css.

When I click print on this I see color....


Chrome will not render background-color, or several other styles, when printing if the background graphics setting is turned off.

This has nothing to do with css, @media, or specificity. You can probably hack your way around it, but the easiest way to get chrome to show the background-color and other graphics is to properly check this checkbox under More Settings.

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I just needed to add the !important attribute onto the the background-color tag in order for it to show up, did not need the webkit part:

background-color: #f5f5f5 !important;


If you are using bootstrap or any other 3rd party CSS, make sure you specify the media screen only on it, so you have the control of the print media type in your own CSS files:

<link rel="stylesheet" media="screen" href="">


Your CSS must be like this:

@media print {
   body {
      -webkit-print-color-adjust: exact;

.vendorListHeading th {
   background-color: #1a4567 !important;
   color: white !important;