View Full Version : Table Background Image Does Not Print

07-11-2008, 06:20 AM
I have a table with a background image and when I go to print the web page, the image does not show up! I have done this on 3 different computer systems with the same results!

How can I get the Table background image to print?


07-11-2008, 06:46 AM
I've encountered this problem before, and after diagnosing the problem, I was convinced that it was a printer bug.
For a test, try to print this simple code:

<div style="background:#f00;height:500px;width:500px;">Test</div>

We should be able to see a text Test on a red background. See if the printer outputs the expected.

07-11-2008, 04:48 PM
It isn't the printer. I printed on 3 different computers with 3 different printers - the table bg image did not print on any of the 3 different printers.

07-11-2008, 05:07 PM
Try this:

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

/* print.css */
table.bg {
background-color: #f00;
color: #fff;

07-11-2008, 05:25 PM
Or check whether you have print specific styles which removes the background of that table.

07-11-2008, 05:32 PM
This is the table below. The image is a coupon type border that my customers can print out.

<TABLE border=0 width="576" height=432 background="coupon.jpg">
<TR><TD align=center><?php echo $_SESSION['php_sc_coupon_header']?></TR>

07-11-2008, 06:48 PM
Someone told me to use this:

<div style="position: absolute;">
<img src="pix/some.png" width="628" height="134" alt="" border="0">
<table style="position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0" border=1>

I tried that and it works (the bg image prints) - however, in my code I need to print multiple copies of this table and used <P> to space vertically - but now that doesn't work - the tables print next to each other instead of vertically. I suspect this is due to the div tag but I don't know enough about css to know how to use this solution to allow printing of vertical tables using the same bg image! Can someone help please?

07-11-2008, 09:13 PM
I found the answer - I changed this line

<div style="position: absolute;">


<div style="position: relative;">

and now my tables display and print with the BG image in each of the multiple tables.

Pepe, the bull
07-11-2008, 09:19 PM
If it's just a dotted line coupon border, couldn't you just use a dotted line border.

<TABLE style="border:1px dotted black;" width="576" height=432 background="coupon.jpg">
<TR><TD align=center><?php echo $_SESSION['php_sc_coupon_header']?></TR>