Chromebook Basics: Printing with a Chromebook

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Lesson 6: Printing with a Chromebook

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Printing with a Chromebook

Google Cloud Print is no longer supported after December 31, 2020. To see more information, click here.

Most computers connect to printers using a USB cord or wireless connection. Chromebooks allow you to print as well, but the process is a bit different. Since Google Cloud Print is no longer supported, you’ll need to find another way to print. In this lesson, we’ll explain how to connect your Chromebook to a wireless or traditional printer.

Wireless printer

Because a Chromebook is a Wi-Fi enabled device, you can easily connect to a wireless printer. Before we begin, you’ll need your printer’s IP address.

Locating this IP address differs depending on your printer’s brand and model. You may need to search the printer brand’s support page to figure out how to find it. 

  1. Click the status tray followed by the Settings icon. 
    Settings icon from the status tray
  2. Within settings, click Search settings field.
    search settings
  3. Type Add printer then the Enter key on your keyboard.
    Typing Add printer in the search field
  4. Next, click the Add printer icon. In the dialog box, you can type the name of the printer then add the IP address of your printer. The default is IPP for the Protocol and ipp/print for Queue works for most printers so there’s no need to change those fields.
    Add printer icon and the dialog box
  5. Once you’ve finished entering the information, click Add.
    clicking Add
  6. You can now print to this printer by using the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+P to open the Print dialog box. Change the Destination to the printer of your choice then click Print.
    select printer then Print

Traditional printer

Chromebooks have USB ports to support accessories such as a traditional USB printer. Before we continue, you’ll need to have plugged in the printer’s USB cable into your Chromebook’s USB port.

  1. Click the status tray followed by the Settings icon.
    settings icon from the status tray
  2. Within settings, click Search settings field.
    Search settings field
  3. Type Add printer then the Enter key on your keyboard.
    typing Add printer in the search box
  4. If you see your printer listed, click it followed by the Add button.
  5. You can now print to this printer by using the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+P to open the Print dialog box.
  6. Change the Destination to the printer of your choice then click Print.
    change the printer Destination

If you have more questions about printing with a Chromebook, you can check out this Chromebook Help page for more information.