How to print from a Chromebook  04/17/2019 17:28:51   JR Raphael
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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.

Add a current wireless printer

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:

  • Click the clock in the lower-right corner of your Chromebooks screen. Then click the gear-shaped icon to open its settings.
  • Type print into the search box at the top of the settings panel.
  • Select Printers, then click the blue Add Printer button.
  • Click on your printers name in the list that appears, and click the blue Add button to finish the pairing.

Add an older wireless printer

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.

  • Give the printer any name you want.
  • Type its IP address into the Address box. (You can usually find the IP address somewhere in the printers display menu. Try looking in its settings for a section about network or wireless configuration.)
  • Leave the other two fields as they are, and click the blue Add button. Type in your printers manufacturer (e.g., HP) and model (e.g., Officejet Pro 8600), and select the appropriate options as they appear. Click the blue Add button when youre done.

Chromebooks also support Googles Cloud Print system, but this direct connection method is generally the simpler and more reliable route to take.

Connect a printer physically to your Chromebook

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.

  • Plug the cable into your printer, and then plug the other end into your Chromebook. (You may need an adapter, depending on what kind of cable you have and what kind of ports your Chromebook provides.)
  • Open your Chromebooks settings and type print into the search box.
  • Select Printers, and then click the blue Add Printer button.
  • Click on your printers name, and click the blue Add button to finish.

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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