When people think of trying out Google Chromebook, a lot of questions come to mind. One such question is how do I print from my Chromebook.
The answer to that question can be inferred in two-way. It is very simple if you have the right printer and you are not afraid of Cloud-based services. On the other hand, it is a bit complex if you are used to the more traditional way of printing.
Google Chrome does not support printer through USB ports.
Why? Well, simply because there is no driver support for Chromebook at the moment.
You will need to employ more modern methods.
What if You are Afraid of the Change?
Well, if you are then you would not have resorted to getting a Chromebook for yourself in the first place. The entire idea of Chromebook experience is to try out something that is entirely new.
Is it Going to Cost You More? Do You Need to Get New Hardware?
If you do not have a printer that is Cloud-Ready, then it is a good idea to make sure your next investment is a Cloud-Ready printer.
If you do not have a Cloud-Ready printer, then you will need to setup a print server. This is just a fancy way of saying that you will need to connect your classic USB printer with a system that supports it. (Instructions below)
Printing With a Cloud-Ready Printer
One of the easiest ways to print is to get a printer that supports cloud printing. Most of the latest wireless printers support Google Cloud Print service.
In any case, if you have a printer that supports Cloud Print Service, all you need to do is go through the process of setting it up as so.
Setup/Register the Printer
Registering a Cloud Enabled Printer is super simple with Google Cloud Print service.
- Go to Google Add Cloud Printer
- Make sure you select the “Add Could Ready Printer” option.
- You will be taken to a page where you can select the particular cloud printer. This will have the setup instructions for your chosen printer.
- For example, here is a sample instruction for setting up an Epson Expression Series Printer:
Printing with the Cloud Printer
Printing with a cloud-ready printer is quite intuitive.
- Make sure you are signed into the same Google Account as the one you registered your printer with.
- Go to Print
- In the Destination settings, select your printer. If you have multiple printers registered with Google Cloud Print, it will show them all.
- Change the layout of the page if you like and hit print.
Here are some of the great Cloud Ready Printers for Google Cloud Print service.
Printing With a Classic Printer
So what if you have a traditional printer?
In fact, most of the people looking for the solution to the question How do I print from my Chromebook? will have a Classic Printer.
By Classic Printer, I mean a printer that connected to Windows or Mac using a USB cable.
If that is the case, then you will need it to be connected to a Mac or Windows PC or a laptop. Then you will need to register the printer using Google Chrome on the Mac or Windows system.
This, of course, means that you will need to have a spare Mac or Windows system lying around.
Here are the instructions.
Adding the Printer
To start off, make sure you are logged in to your Google account.
- Go to Google Google Cloud Print.
- Make sure you select the “Add Classic Printer” option.
- You will be taken to a very simple page that outlines a 5 step solution given by Google with a video tutorial.
- Simply, go to Google Chrome Settings
- Press “Show Advanced Settings”
- There will be a section called “Google Cloud Print” click Manage.
- Here you will see all the printers that are physically connected and supported by Windows or Mac system. The detection will be automatic.
- Simply Add the desired printer.
Printing with a Classic Printer
Once you have added the printer, you can now print from your Google Chromebook.
- Go to Print
- Select the desired Cloud Printer. Make sure you are connected to the same Google Account with which you added the Cloud Printer.
Remember, your host PC or Laptop will have to be connected to the internet for this to work.
I hope this little tutorial helped answer the question: How do I print from my Chromebook?