Definition of print preview in US English:

print preview

noun

Computing
  • A software function that allows a user to see what a document will look like if printed.

    ‘the print preview shows headers’
    • ‘The browser is finally getting a decent print engine featuring print preview.’
    • ‘Unlike using the dialog box, when you drag to change the margins or column widths in print preview, the changes occur immediately so you can see them on screen.’
    • ‘When you drag the ruler in print preview to change the margins, the measurements in the Page Setup dialog box reflect your changes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the program does not automatically display page breaks until after you have printed or chosen print preview.’
    • ‘The print preview button is hidden on the print instruction window and is not in the usual place on the drop down menu.’
    • ‘Use the print preview facility to check the appearance of the print out.’
    • ‘The printing facility includes a useful print preview.’
    • ‘Print preview may not show all pages, but all pages should print.’
    • ‘In addition, this program demonstrates a few other techniques including selecting a font, changing page settings, and displaying a print preview.’