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Print preview is a function provided for displaying a page, document or any other material before it is sent to a printer. Print preview is a useful function to users as it helps them to see how the final printed material will appear. It also gives the user the opportunity to check or adjust the layout or resolve any issues before printing the material to achieve the intended final form.
Most web browsers and applications have a print preview feature while with certain applications have a built-in functionality where the print preview automatically opens once the print option is selected.
Most application and browsers provide icons to launch the print preview option. Graphic tools like Adobe Photoshop have additional features in print preview like positioning and scaling the image as needed before printing.
The print preview feature is essential for mark-up language editing applications, especially those focused on web development.
Advantages of print preview functionality include: