Chrome settings for silent printing

You can bypass the default print preview when printing locally from a browser to save time and unnecessary clicks. This is called "Kiosk mode"

Create a desktop shortcut strictly for "Kiosk printing" in Chrome on Windows

If you want to bypass the default browser print preview in Chrome, you must create a Chrome desktop shortcut and edit its properties with a command.

Enable auto print

Create a Chrome desktop shortcut, and rename it to "Chrome Kiosk Printing".

Right click the shortcut and click ‘properties’.

In the ‘target’ field, scroll to the end of the text string, it should end in something like this: "...chrome.exe”

At the end of the 'target' field text, type a single space and then copy and paste this code to the end of the field:
-- kiosk-printing

Tip: Make sure to include a space after "...chrome.exe” before pasting the code in.

Click Apply then OK.

From now on, when you use this shortcut to open Chrome, any local printing done in the browser will bypass the default printing prompt.

Allow popups

In the top right hand corner of your Chrome browser click the 3 dots to expand the Chrome menu and select Settings toward the bottom.

In the search bar at the top, type: "pop-up".

Click "Site Settings"

Click "Pop-ups and redirects"

Ensure that the setting shows "Blocked (recommended)"

Underneath this setting, next to "Allow" click "Add" and copy this url: [*.]app.skulabs.com

Click "Add"

Troubleshooting auto printing

Symptoms:

  • Nothing prints
  • Printing to the wrong printer

The first symptom is often caused when a new or different printer has been connected. Chrome’s settings are still trying to send print jobs to the old printer.

The second may be because someone moved your printer or workstation.

With Chrome in kiosk printing mode and auto print active, you won't have the opportunity to change the printer or printer driver so we'll have to reverse the settings above.

  1. Right click the Chrome Kiosk Printing shortcut and select properties.
  2. In the 'target' field, delete everything to the right of chrome.exe“
  3. Click Apply then OK.
  4. Open Chrome Settings and set popups to on
  5. Trying printing locally using your browser printing prompt from SKULabs. In print preview change the printer to the one you want and print. That will save the new printer settings.
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