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I would like to give my customers the ability to print their order after a successful check out in Magento 1.8.

How can I achieve this?

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In checkout success page, the print link has been already available for register customer by default.

In success.phtml file,there is a condition which will only work for logged in customer.

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See this excerpt from success.phtml file, which is the key template file in order success page.

<?php if ($this->getCanViewOrder() && $this->getCanPrintOrder()) :?>
    <p>
        <?php echo $this->__('Click <a href="%s" onclick="this.target=\'_blank\'">here to print</a> a copy of your order confirmation.', $this->getPrintUrl()) ?>
        <?php echo $this->getChildHtml() ?>
    </p>
<?php endif;?>

It is clear from the above code that, print link will be shown only when $this->getCanViewOrder() && $this->getCanPrintOrder() is true. In short, this will become true only when follwing conditions are met.

  • Customer is logged in state (means, it won't show for a guest checkout)
  • If the order state is a visible state.

By default, these are the visible states in Magento:

  • new
  • processing
  • complete
  • closed
  • canceled
  • holded
  • payment_review

And invisible states are:

  • pending_payment

This means, all states except pending_payment are in visible mode and most of the cases, a new order state will be either new or processing.

This makes customer logged in status vital to show print order link.

Hope that helps.

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