How to Print from Chromebook | Simple & Step By Step Guide in 2022

Printing from a Chromebook is not as easy as it used to be. If you have a local printer, then the process is simple and straightforward. But how do you print if you don’t have access to a printer? This blog post will show how to print from Chromebook without needing one of those pesky printers!

How do I print from Chromebook?

Printing from Chromebook is both easy and intuitive. There are actually two primary ways to print using a Chromebook: through Google Cloud Print or directly from the web browser. For most users, printing without Google Cloud Print will be sufficient since it is so simple and straightforward.

To do this you simply click the “File” menu option in your Chrome Browser, go down to “Print”, select what you wish to print, then choose either an attached printer on your computer or one of several choices for cloud printers that have been added by other people who use them with their own devices (like epsoncloudprint).

Print from your Chromebook (without Cloud Print)

If you need to print from your Chromebook, but don’t have Google Cloud Print set up or can’t connect with that service for some reason, there are a couple of other options available. If the printer is directly connected to the computer by USB cable and recognized as an option in Chrome OS’s settings area (as opposed to being shared on a network), you should be able to do it that way.

Another possibility is using a Google Drive document as your print job, this will allow you to send the work directly from within Gmail without needing Chrome OS’s native printing ability. This can also come in handy if all of your devices use Cloud Print and don’t have USB ports available, since it will work through any device you have access to with your Google account.

1- Connect your printer manually

Connecting your printer manually is the quickest and easiest method. Connecting via USB If you’re connecting to a USB device, make sure it has all the latest driver updates installed on your computer.

Connect wirelessly Once set up, printing from Chromebooks will be as easy as pressing Ctrl + P or clicking “Print”. Connecting wirelessly is a little more complicated, but if you’re looking to print from Chromebooks on the go or share your printer with multiple devices then it is definitely worth considering.

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2- Change your print destination

When you want to change the print destination, go into Chrome’s settings and click on “Printing.” It will bring up a window that lets you choose where your Chromebook prints. If the printer is connected to Google Cloud Print, it automatically appears in its list of available printers. You can also add other printers by clicking on the plus sign.

In order to change your default printer, simply select it from the list and click “Set as Default.”

3- Setting up a network printer

You will need to know the IP address of your printer before continuing with this process. This is usually located on a sticker somewhere in or near your printer. If you don’t have an extra computer that can use the Google Cloud Print service, then it may be easier for you to remove any GCP printers from your Chromebook and set up your printer with a different computer.

  • Setting up GCP to use the Cloud Print Service on another Computer

Once you have access to another device, open Chrome and navigate to Log in using the same account that was used for setting up printers on your Chromebook previously. From here you can set up a new printer.

  • Setting up GCP to use the Cloud Print Service on your Chromebook

In order for this step to work, you will have had to set up printers with another device in the past and already have an active connection between Chrome, Google Cloud Print, and that other computer or laptop. If not then it is easier just to remove any printers from your Google Cloud Print account using another computer.

  • Setting up a new Printer on GCP Powered by the Cloud Print Service

Once you have an active connection set up with that other device, navigate to again, but this time click Create. From here just follow the prompts and you should be able to set up a printer using the Cloud Print service.

  • Setting up your Chromebook as an Extension of another Computer’s GCP account

This step is just like setting up any other networked printer, but instead, you will need to know the IP address or DNS of that device, which also acts as its host for Google Cloud Print service.

  • Setting up a new Printer using your Chromebook as an Extension of another Computer’s GCP account

From here on out this is just like setting up any other networked printer, but instead, you will need to know the IP address or DNS of that device, which also acts as its host for Google Cloud Print.

4- How to Find the IP address of the Printer

To find the IP address of a printer connected to a Chromebook, open chrome and type in “chrome://devices” into the omnibar.

You will see all devices that are connected such as phones, computers, or printers. You should be able to find your printer’s IP under its name on this list here.

5- Removing your GCP Printer

Removing a GCP printer from your Chromebook is easy. For Removing Your Google Cloud Printer Follow these steps:

  • Open Chrome on the computer you want to print from
  • Go to google cloud printers website in another tab or window
  • Sign in to your account if needed by typing username and password into the sign-in boxes at the top of the page
  • Find a shared printer you want to remove
  • Click on that printer’s name then click delete or just right-click and select delete from the menu list.

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Some Important Housekeeping

First, make sure you have a printer plugged into your computer. If not, go ahead and connect one now you can use any standard USB printer (including wireless printers) with Google Cloud Print.

Second, if this is the first time you’re setting up printing on this machine then there will be an initial setup step that involves downloading some software.

Once you have your printer plugged into your computer, go to the Google Cloud Print website and click on Get Started. This will download a small program that is used to manage printing from Chromebooks. This software runs quietly in the background until it’s needed there are no icons or anything else you need to worry about. You can uninstall the software if you like, but it’s not necessary and won’t affect how your Chromebook works any.

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In conclusion, there are a few things you can do to print from your Chromebook. You need an HP printer that is compatible with the operating system of the Chromebook and then all you have to do is follow some simple steps on how to print from Chromebook. In addition, if this has been helpful please share this article throughout social media so others can print from their Chromebooks.

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