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php – How to print some specific part of a page via window.print()

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


i’m working on a form in php mysql. so in my page there is a form and below that i shown the data of that form in table format.now i want to print only the table structure thats why i just made a PRINT button as:

<span style="float:right;"><a href="javascript:window.print()" type="button" class="btn">PRINT</a></span>

but it will print the whole page with form field and table and i just want the tableto print.
Here is the design of my whole page with form and table:

 <div class="container">
 <form class="form-horizontal" action="" method="post" name="userform1" id="company-form" enctype="multipart/form-data">
     <?php if($_GET[id]){?>

     <legend>Add Company</legend>
    <div class="control-group">
    <label class="control-label">Company Name</label>
    <div class="controls">
    <input type="text" name="company" id="company" value="<?php echo $selup['company']?>">
<div class="control-group">another field</div>
<div class="control-group">another field</div>
<div class="control-group">
    <div class="controls">
    <button type="submit" class="btn" name="submit" id="submit" value="Submit">Submit</button>
<table class="table table-bordered">
                <td>Company Name</td>
                 // to print the records
                $select = "select * from company where type='Miscellaneous'";
                $query1 = mysql_query($select);  
                 while($value = mysql_fetch_array($query1)){ ?>

                <td><?php echo $value[id];?></td>
                <td><?php echo $value[company ];?></td>
                <td><?php echo $value[type];?></td>
                <?php /*?><td><?php echo $value[amount];?></td>               
                <td><?php echo $value[date];?></td><?php */?>
                <td><a href="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>?id=<?php echo $value[id];?>&cmd=edit"><i class="icon-edit"></i></a>
               <a href="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>?id=<?php  echo $value[id];?>&cmd=delete" onclick="return confirm('Are you sure you want to delete <?php  echo $value[customer];?>?')"><i class="icon-trash"></i></a></td>

                </tr><?php }?>

so i just want to print the table not whole page.

How to&Answers:

Use css to hide elements you don’t want to print:

@media print {
    .control-group {
      display: none;


function printContent(el){
    var restorepage = document.body.innerHTML;
    var printcontent = document.getElementById(el).innerHTML;
    document.body.innerHTML = printcontent;
    document.body.innerHTML = restorepage;
<!DOCTYPE html>

<h1>My page</h1>
<div id="div1">DIV 1 content...</div>
<button onclick="printContent('div1')">Print Content</button>
<div id="div2">DIV 2 content...</div>
<button onclick="printContent('div2')">Print Content</button>
<p id="p1">Paragraph 1 content...</p>
<button onclick="printContent('p1')">Print Content</button>


You could make a print-css (which does the same as @media print, but I think it is cleaner, and you can disable the css include via javascript, if you need it):

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="print.css" media="print" />

In that css, you hide all elements which should not get printed, for example:

.wrapper, .header {display: none;}


One posible solution, perhaps not the best option:

1. Open a new window with JS
2. Copy the whole table into the new window (with jQuery for example)
3. Print the new window
4. Close the window

Sure it has a blink effect but It will work.