I there a Good Version of a printable Periodic table Which is minimalistic and gives necessary information only such as -

  • At. Number
  • Element Name
  • At. weight
  • Shell configuration
  • color coding of various groups or Series
  • $\begingroup$ Whatever version you wind up finding, I would strongly suggest that you keep good track of the image file you wind up printing. I found a really nice periodic table that I like to give to my students that includes necessary information for my courses as well as a small chart of common polyatomic ions and fundamental constants. I've been copying the thing for years now because I can't find the original file anywhere, and the print quality is starting to suffer. $\endgroup$ – Jason Patterson Feb 5 '15 at 2:08

The IUPAC periodic table (2016-pdf) is good because it quantifies the accuracy of the natural abundance atomic weights, but it doesn't give electron configuration.

The NIST periodic table has electron configuration, and probably is closest to what you want.

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The NIST table is also good from a copyright point of view, because you can reproduce it without worrying about copyright infrigment, as US government works are generally not subject to copyright protection.

  • $\begingroup$ These are both great tables; I've given my students the NIST one for a few years now. Maybe you can suggest a table that's good to include on genchem tests (American group numbers + IUPAC numbers, element name, element symbol, atomic weight, atomic number, and nothing else). I use the California Dept. of Education table (sciencegeek.net/tables/CA_CST.pdf), but it's copyrighted and it's a bit out of date. $\endgroup$ – Fred Senese Feb 5 '15 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ My original answser had the old version of the Virginia periodic table doe.virginia.gov/testing/test_administration/…, because it has electron configuration (but I deleted becasue it's out of date and has wrong/less-likely configuration for Lawrencium). The newer Virginia table is very similar to California doe.virginia.gov/testing/test_administration/… (no electron configurations). $\endgroup$ – DavePhD Feb 5 '15 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ Any post-1977 work is copyrighted in USA, even if it doesn't say so, except federal works. $\endgroup$ – DavePhD Feb 5 '15 at 14:42

The tables at Ptable.com might well fill the bill. Here is an example:

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FWIW, this is the table I use as the background for my lab computer.


Ptable.com was already suggested, but this PDF fulfills all your requirements, and further, it has features that make it ideal for printing such as:

  • Customizable information using PDF layers (supported in Acrobat)
  • Low ink usage, outlines only
  • Category information retained even if printed in black and white


Screenshot of Acrobat showing Ptable.com PDF with layers


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