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Is it possible to disable the print dialog in the browser with JavaScript or some other coding method? If so, how?

I do not want to allow users to print a certain web page. Thanks.
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by:Gary
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No, that is out of your control.
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Rafael I earned 2000 total points
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one way would be to include this css on your webpage. it will hide the page content when printing.
<style type="text/css" media="print">
    body { visibility: hidden; display: none; }
</style>

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however, with the proliferation of articles and tools on the net, it is impossible to prevent printing a webpage. JavaScript can be disabled, css can be edited, and screenshots can be taken - all to get something printed. sorry for being negative. hopefully, you can still use this.
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by:Jack D
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I learned recently that a simple (c) or (r) at the bottom of your website offers you some protection from people being able to reproduce your work. It's nothing more than a symbol, but if this were trade secrets or something proprietary, the copyright/registered mark on a page would give you legal ground to take them to court. Good luck.
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