This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The -webkit-print-color-adjust property is a non-standard CSS extension that can be used to force printing of background colors and images in browsers based on the WebKit engine.

/* Keyword values */
-webkit-print-color-adjust: economy;
-webkit-print-color-adjust: exact;

/* Global values */
-webkit-print-color-adjust: inherit;
-webkit-print-color-adjust: initial;
-webkit-print-color-adjust: unset;


The -webkit-print-color-adjust property is specified as one of the keyword values listed below.


Normal behavior.  Background colors and images are only printed if the user explicitly allows it in their browser's print settings dialog.
Background colors and images of the element to which this rule is applied are always printed, user's print settings are overridden.


/* Force the article to print as white-on-black */
article {
  -webkit-print-color-adjust: exact;
  background: #222;
  color: #eee;


Not part of any specification yet, though there is a proposal in the CSSWG wiki to standardize it.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Basic support
Chrome Full support Yes
Full support Yes
Notes Chrome does not print backgrounds of the <body> element. If this property is set to exact for the <body> element, it will apply only to its descendants.
Notes Before Chrome 26, if background images are clipped (for example, when using background-image sprites) and -webkit-print-color-adjust is set to exact, then backgrounds will appear distorted when printed. Solid backgrounds and background images that are not clipped (i.e., backgrounds that have narrower and shorter than the element to which they are applied) are printed correctly. See Chromium bug 131054.
Edge ? Firefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari Full support 6
Full support 6
Notes Safari does not print backgrounds of the <body> element. If this property is set to exact for the <body> element, it will apply only to its descendants.
WebView Android ? Chrome Android ? Edge Mobile ? Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?


Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support
Compatibility unknown  
Compatibility unknown
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
Non-standard. Expect poor cross-browser support.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

See also

  • WebKit bug 64583: "WIP: Add CSS property to control printing of backgrounds for individual elements"
  • CSSWG wiki: print-backgrounds - a proposal to standardize this property
  • CSS Color Module Level 4:  the color-adjust property - a newer proposal to standardize this property

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