How to Print From a Chromebook | Digital Trends

There are many advantages to using a lightweight laptop like a Chromebook. Sure, web design first makes it somewhat different from a Windows 10 laptop or MacBook, but it can easily handle simple tasks like the competition, even printing.

Making sure your printer is paired with your Chromebook is pretty straightforward, but it may not be what you’re used to. Here’s how you can set up a wired or wireless printer to print from your Chromebook.

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Set up your printer with Wi-Fi

If you don’t already have your printer on your wireless network, you can probably use the built-in touch screen to go through the setup wizard. Otherwise, you will need the manual, which you can download from the manufacturer’s website.

If you do not have the option to use wireless printing, continue to the next section. If not, start by turning on the printer and make sure it is working properly and is connected to the wireless network.

Step 1: Click on the system clock in the lower right corner and verify that your Chromebook is connected to the same network as the printer.

Step 2: With the pop-up menu still active, click the Tooth icon, as shown below. This opens the Settings window.

Step 3: Click the down arrow next to Advanced to expand the menu.

Stage 4: Click Print in the expanded menu.

Step 5: Click on the Printers option on the right.

Step 6: Chrome OS should detect and list your printer. Click Save money and it will automatically be moved to the Your Saved Printers category and set as the default.

In this example, we add an Epson XP-7100 Series printer.

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Step 7: If your printer does not appear automatically, click the blue Plus icon to the right of Add printer. A pop-up window appears for you to enter a name, the printer’s IP address, the protocol (usually IPP), and the queue (usually ipp / print).

Step 8: When done, click Add.

Set up your printer with a USB cable

If your printer is older and does not support Wi-Fi connections, you can configure your printer with a USB cable. However, this method may not work on older printers because you cannot install software or drivers on a Chromebook.

Step 1: Connect the USB cable from your printer to the appropriate port on the Chromebook. You may need a USB-A to USB-C adapter, depending on the Chromebook model. Also, check that the printer is turned on and operating normally.

Step 2: Once connected, click the System clock located in the lower right corner, followed by Tooth from the pop-up menu. This opens the Settings window.

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Step 3: Click the down arrow next to Advanced to expand the menu.

Stage 4: Click Print in the expanded menu.

Step 5: Click on the Printers option on the right.

Step 6: Chrome OS should detect and list your printer. Click Save money and it will automatically move to the Your saved printers category and set as default.

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How to print on a Chromebook

Now that your printer is fully configured, you are ready to print from your Chromebook.

Step 1: Open the page you need to print and press the Ctrl + P keys simultaneously. Alternatively, you can click the three-dot button in the upper right corner and select Print on the menu.

Step 2: You should see a pop-up window appear on your screen. Locate the Destination field and make sure your printer is listed. Otherwise, click the down arrow and find it in the drop-down menu. You can also select see more to locate other printers connected to your computer.

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Step 3: Once you have verified your printer, you need to confirm other general settings.

Stage 4: Make sure you have entered the correct number of pages and copies that you want to print and review the layout to confirm that everything is fine.

Step 5: Lastly, check your color settings – you don’t want to print a document in black and white when you need it in full color.

Note: Click More settings for more options regarding paper size, quality, scale, margins, and more.

Step 6: Select the Print to start printing.

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