How to Set Up Google Print on Your Chromebook

Paper is going the way of the DVD, but you still need to print out the occasional work document, digital concert ticket or online form. With your Chromebook, wireless printing to a network-attached or cloud-ready printer is just a matter of switching on a few settings, thanks to the Chrome Web browser and Google Cloud Print. This Web-based interface connects to the desk printer at home and the executive laser printer at work — and lets you choose which device prints the file. Your printing — no matter how seldom — gets done fast and easy. Here’s how to set it up. 

Set Up a Classic Network-Attached Printer

 If your printer is connected to your computer via USB or a local access network, these are the instructions you’ll need to set up access via Google Print.

  1. Launch Google Chrome on the computer attached to the same network as the printer. Make sure you are signed into your Google account within Chrome.
     
  2. Click the Menu button.
     
  3. Go to Settings.
     
  4. Select Show Advanced Settings from the bottom of the screen.
     
  5. Click the “Sign in to Google Print” button. This will allow you to connect your Google Account to the Google Print service.
     
  6. Tap Add Printer(s) The message will change instantly.
     
  7. Select Manage Your Printers. This will take you to Google Print.
     
  8. Select Printers from the menu on the left. Here you’ll see a list of printers connected to the computer you are using.
    When you print something from the Chrome browser, these printers will appear as output destinations.
     

Set up a Cloud-Ready Printer

If you have a cloud-connected printer, setup instructions vary by the brand of your printer. Don’t worry, Google has provided step-by-step instructions for every printer manufacturer with cloud-enabled hardware.

  1. Follow steps 1 – 8 above.
  2. Select Add a Cloud Ready Printer from the menu on the left side. This will take you to a Google Print page with instructions for cloud-enabled printers built by Canon, Dell, Epson, HP and Kodak.
     
  3. Find the manufacturer of your printer and follow the instructions to set up Google Print.
     

How to Print Using Google Print

  1. Select the menu icon in the top-right corner of the Chrome Web browser.
     
  2. Choose Print from the drop-down menu.
     
  3. Select the desired printer by clicking Change… under Destination within the menu on the left side
     
  4. Pick the destination printer that works best for you.
     
  5. Tweak settings such as Page Range, Page Layout/Orientation, Margins, etc.
     
  6. Select Print from the options on the left side.
     








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  1. Elle Says:

    Hi there, great article.
    I added the printers from my old laptop (which has chrome, and I was signed in, could see the printers etc.), and they are visible on my Chromebook.
    However when I click ‘print’ from the menu in chrome, all I get is ‘save’, No printers show up to choose from.
    Do you know what I’m doing wrong?

  2. hugh Says:

    Am i understanding this correct? I Must have another pc/mac to initially setup a cloud ready printer.
    I cannot get my chromebook and printer to “talk”, and have spoke with samsung tech support with no success.

  3. jim richard Says:

    I CAN NOT GET THIS STUPID GOOGLE LAPTOP TO PRINT I DONT WANT AIR PRINT I JUST WANT TO PLUG IT IN A FUCKIN PRINT THIS IS THE WORST COMPUTER IVE EVER MADE A MISTAKE IN BUYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. LaToya Says:

    Thanks but no help it all… Basically the same thing the google chromebook says and it doesnt work. I have an HP all in 2542 wireless network printer using the same WiFi and internet connection through my Verizon Fios… When I click “Add traditional printer” it takes me back to the same screen with the dumb instructions to add classic printer . My screen does not auto change or detect the printer even when I plugged it using the USB cable !!!! This was the worst investment ever!! I shouldve known the price was too good. If I wanted a google tablet I would have bought the samsung galaxy tablet 3. This chromebook would be great for my 10 year old to play games ,music and social network but for an adult student this is CRAP.. a joke… I cannot print… If I wanted to drive all the way to Kinkos/FedEx to eprint I wouldve saved my $250 and just used their PC too… This product sucks, dont spend your money !

  5. google Says:

    Hi, I want to subscribe for this blog to get most recent updates,
    so where can i do it please help out.

  6. Arul Says:

    I am planning to buy a chrome book. I have a HP F4488 deskjet printer (connects by USB only). I do NOT have any other device to install or configure cloud print. But, I have a DSL modem with a USB port. With the above set up is it worth buying the chrome book?? I need to print occasionally.

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