While Googles Chromebooks are all about online services, sometimes you need a good old-fashioned printout to accompany your digital adventures.
Printing from a Chromebook has gotten a lot easier over the years, but it still isnt always obvious how to get started or which paths to embrace. Follow this guide, and youll be churning out paper from your cloud-centric computer in no time.
Provided you have a reasonably recent printer thats capable of connecting to the internet, you should be able to add it directly to your Chromebook without the need for supplementary services.
First, make sure the printer is on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. The procedure for connecting a printer to Wi-Fi varies from one model to the next, but theres generally a Wi-Fi or internet option somewhere on the printers display, either as an icon on the main screen or as an option in its settings menu. This should walk you through the process.
Got the printer online and ready? Heres what to do next:
If your printer doesnt appear in the list (which may happen if its an older device), youll need to click the Add Manually button that appears on the lower left corner of that window.
Chromebooks also support Googles Cloud Print system, but this direct connection method is generally the simpler and more reliable route to take.
If youre using a much older printer that isnt internet-capable, or if it is internet-capable but youre having trouble connecting it manually as described above, dont fret. You can connect your printer physically to a Chromebook using a USB cable.
Thats it! Now just hit Ctrl-P from any browser tab or look for the Print command in any app, and prepare to print to your hearts content.
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