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The following post was written by Dirk Strack, an Oracle application developer and Traust consultant. Based in Berlin, Germany, Dirk has been building Oracle APEX applications since 2010 and enjoys sharing insights with the #orclapex community. You can read more of Dirk’s APEX Developer Tips on his blog.

Oracle APEX enables you to optimize a page for printing: Optimizing a Page for Printing

In the Theme 25. Blue Responsive there exists a template PRINTER_FRIENDLY for printing an APEX page as HTML with the users’ web browser in a printer-friendly modus. In the universal Theme 42. Universal Theme this template is missing. An attempt to print for example a large classic report page with Firefox via the Browsers Print Menu printed only the first page followed by empty pages. The responsive design CSS rules seem to cause this problem.

The printer_friendly output of multi-page reports in the APEX Universal Theme can be reactivated with a custom page template, a menu entry, and by printing with a jQuery plugin. These are the steps to implement the printer-friendly modus in an application with a universal theme.

1. Install jQuery.print.js as an Application file

Download the file jQuery.print and then upload this file into your Shared Components / Static Application Files

After uploading the following file should be listed.

2. prepare the page template

Go to shared components Templates and filter the list with Theme = 42, Type = page. Then Copy the template named ‘Minimal (No Navigation)’ by clicking on the copy Icon of that row. Name the new template ‘Printer Friendly’. Click Copy the save it.

3. Edit the new page template
Set the Template Class: Printer Friendly
In the entry for body paste the following HTML code. Above the #BODY# substitution tag, two buttons Back and Print have been inserted.
 <div class="t-Body">  
  <div class="t-Body-main">  
    <div class="t-Body-title" id="t_Body_title">  
    <div class="t-Body-content" id="t_Body_content">  
     <div class="t-Body-contentInner" role="main">  
     <button class="t-Button t-Button--noLabel t-Button--icon" onclick="history.back();" type="button" id="GO_BACK" title="Go Back" aria-label="Go Back">  
      <span class="t-Icon fa fa-arrow-left" aria-hidden="true">  
     <button class="t-Button t-Button--noLabel t-Button--icon" onclick="$.print(print_region);" type="button" id="PRINT_REPORT" title="Print Report" aria-label="Print Report">  
      <span class="t-Icon fa fa-print" aria-hidden="true">  
     <footer class="t-Footer" role="contentinfo">  
      <div class="t-Footer-body">  
       <div class="t-Footer-content">#REGION_POSITION_05#</div>  
 <div class="t-Body-inlineDialogs">  
At runtime, the buttons Back and Print will be displayed at the top of the page.


In the section ‘Javascript’ set
– Files URLs:
– Functions and Global Variable Declaration:

var print_region = ‘div.t-Body-contentInner’;

– Execute when Page Loads:
$(document).ready(function() {
    window.setTimeout(function() {
    }, 100);
In the section ‘Cascading Style Sheet’ set
– inline:
@media print {
  button#PRINT_REPORT,button#GO_BACK {
   display: none;

4. Edit the Theme Component defaults

In Shared Components click on Themes. In the Themes list click on the Name ‘Universal Theme – 42’. Now set the Printer Friendly Page to  ‘Printer Friendly’ and Save.

5. Prepare the menu entry

In Shared Components click on Navigation Bar List. In the Lists Report click on the Name ‘Navigation Bar’. Now click on ‘Create Entry’. Set the following items:

Image/Class: fa-print

List Entry Label: Print

Target type: Page in this Application

Page : &APP_PAGE_ID.

reset pagination for this page: enabled

Printer Friendly: enabled

Condition Type: User is Authenticated (not public) – to avoid display on the login page


After saving the Menu Entry the following line should be shown in the List Details:

When you run your application you will see a Print Icon in the upper-right of your web page.

When you click this button the printer-friendly page will be loaded. The page will open the browser’s printer dialog popup window. Here you can further optimize the output and redirect the output to a pdf file.

You can specify a print region for each page by overwriting the javascript variable print_region. For example, set the Static ID of a page region to TABLE_DATA_HEAD and then add the following line the the ‘Function and Global Variable declaration’:

var print_region = $(‘div#TABLE_DATA_VIEW’);

The template and its functionality is demonstrated in the Schema & Data Browser APEX application that has been released on Github.

Here are links to the demo: