- Aug 17, 2014
Mozilla is resurrecting the Simplified Printing feature in Firefox 91. The feature converts the webpage to a simpler version that focuses on the main article and content. Most site elements that are not related to the article, e.g. a menu or sidebar, are not displayed when the mode is selected; this improves the printing experience and saves costs, as less content needs to be printed.
Mozilla removed Simplified Printing in Firefox 81 when it introduced a new printing interface for Firefox. Released in September 2020, Mozilla noted at the time that the new interface was a work in progress.
The organization did improve the print dialog and printing functionality of the Firefox web browser in the meantime. In Firefox 85, support for printing non-contiguous page ranges was added, and in January 2021, it was revealed that Firefox would get support for printing multiple pages per sheet.
Simplified Printing in Firefox
The new feature is called Simplified in Firefox 91. All you need to do is open the print dialog, e.g. by using the shortcut Ctrl-P or Menu > Print, to open the print dialog for the visible webpage. Firefox displays the original format by default; some content may be removed in that format.
Simplified is not displayed on the sidebar by default. You need to activate the "more settings" link in the sidebar to display more content. Besides simplified, which you find under Format, you also find pages per sheet there, a scaling option, and options to hide headers and footers.
Switch from Original to Simplified to activate the new printing mode. Firefox loads the Reader View mode of the webpage and this is what gets printed when you select the print button.
Note that the Simplified printing option may not be available on all pages that you want to print. As a rule of thumb, if reader mode is supported, simplified is available as an option.
Firefox 91 Stable will be released on July 27, 2021 according to the Firefox release schedule.
Closing WordsSimplified printing was a useful feature of the Firefox web browser. Mozilla was criticized by some for removing the option from Firefox's new print dialog. Now with its return in Firefox, users may once again start using it to save printer ink and paper when printing using Firefox (on most sites).
Mozilla is resurrecting the Simplified Printing feature in Firefox 91; this helps Firefox users save printer ink and paper when printing using that printing mode.