Using Google Docs/Spreadsheet. If I open a Google Doc and select print (either via the menu, ctrl+p, or toolbar icon) from within Chrome or Opera it then opens a print preview screen where I can choose the Destination and set it as one of the printers accessible from my Windows machine.

However if I follow the same steps from within Firefox, it instead opens the standard download save dialog box and there is no option to print. This means I have to either save the document as a PDF first or open it directly as a PDF in my system's PDF viewer and then print from within that.

How can I print directly from Firefox?

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I had the same problem and I think its simply not possible to directly print from Firefox and Safari. On this page in the Google Help there is a separate section about printing with these two browsers. There it says to either print as PDF or another file format, no word about actually printing the document..


Currently, in Firefox, the Print button on Google Docs downloads a PDF which you can print.

There's an open Bugzilla bug from January 2019 about supporting client-side printing in Google Docs: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1521655. Firefox doesn't support it because it doesn't support the experimental @page { size } and @page { page-orientation } CSS properties.

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