Print <div id="printarea"></div> only?

How do I print the indicated div (without manually disabling all other content on the page)?

I want to avoid a new preview dialog, so creating a new window with this content is not useful.

The page contains a couple of tables, one of them contains the div I want to print - the table is styled with visual styles for the web, that should not show in print.


  • Here is a general solution, using CSS only, which I have verified to work.

    @media print {
      body {
        visibility: hidden;
      #section-to-print {
        visibility: visible;
        position: absolute;
        left: 0;
        top: 0;

    There's a Code Sandbox if you want to see this in action. Click the Open In New Window button above the preview; then you can use the browser's Print command to see a preview of the printout.

    Alternative approaches aren't so good. Using display is tricky because if any element has display:none then none of its descendants will display either. To use it, you have to change the structure of your page.

    Using visibility works better since you can turn on visibility for descendants. The invisible elements still affect the layout though, so I move section-to-print to the top left so it prints properly.