Easy Fixes For Can’t Print From Chrome

Folks, let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like the frustration of hitting ‘Ctrl + P’ on a Chrome page, only for the printer to sit there, as silent as the Sahara at midnight. I know, I’ve been there. That’s why today, we’re tackling that pesky ‘Can’t Print from Chrome’ issue. We’ll go through ten easy fixes that I’ve personally tested and found effective. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive right in.

1. Refresh and Retry

Sounds basic, right? But you’d be surprised how many times this simple action has saved my bacon. Hit ‘F5’ or click on the reload button to refresh your page, then try printing again. And yes, sometimes, it’s really that easy.

Refresh and Retry


2. Update Chrome

You wouldn’t drive a car with flat tires, would you? Likewise, don’t expect a smooth ride on an outdated browser. If you haven’t updated Chrome in a while, it’s time to do so. Here’s a step-by-step guide from Google’s support page. After updating, restart your browser and try printing again.

Update Chrome

3. Disable Chrome Extensions

Just as too many cooks spoil the broth, too many extensions can mess up your Chrome. Try disabling them temporarily by going to chrome://extensions in your address bar. Afterward, give printing another shot. If it works, you know an extension was the culprit. You can then enable them one by one to find the guilty party.

Disable Chrome Extensions

4. Reset Chrome Settings

Sometimes, Chrome just needs a fresh start. By resetting the browser settings to their original defaults, you might solve the printing issue. Go to chrome://settings/reset in your browser and click ‘Restore settings to their original defaults’.

Reset Chrome Settings

5. Use Print Preview

If you’ve been trying to print directly from a page, switching to print preview might help. Just press ‘Ctrl + Shift + P’, and voila, you’re in print preview mode. Now, try printing your document.

Use Print Preview

6. Clear Browsing Data

A bloated browser can cause many issues, including printing problems. Clearing your browsing data can often help. To do this, go to chrome://settings/clearBrowserData, select ‘All time’ as the time range, and click ‘Clear data’.

Clear Browsing Data

7. Switch to Google Cloud Print

Still no luck? How about switching gears and trying Google Cloud Print? This tool lets you print from any device in your network. This guide will help you set it up.

Switch to Google Cloud Print

8. Update Printer Drivers

Your printer drivers might be outdated, causing compatibility issues with Chrome. You can update these drivers from the manufacturer’s official website.

Update Printer Drivers

9. Reinstall Chrome

If all else fails, uninstalling and then reinstalling Chrome could be your golden ticket. Here’s a comprehensive guide from Google on how to do it.

Reinstall Chrome

10. Contact Support

If none of the above solutions work, it’s time to reach out to the experts. You can contact Google Support or your printer’s support team for further assistance.

it, ten easy fixes for when you can’t print from Chrome. Remember, when it comes to tech, patience and persistence are key. Keep these solutions in your back pocket, and you’ll never be left helpless with a silent printer again. Happy printing!

Contact Support

11. Adjust Print Scaling Settings

Sometimes, the content you’re trying to print might not fit properly on the printed page, and that can cause issues with the printing process. This can be resolved by adjusting the print scaling settings in Chrome.

Here’s how:

  • First, press Ctrl + P to open the print preview screen.
  • Then, under the ‘More settings’ dropdown menu, you’ll find the ‘Scale’ option.
  • Adjust the scale to fit the content properly onto the paper. You can either manually enter a percentage to enlarge or reduce the size of the content, or select the ‘Default’ or ‘Fit to printable area’ option.
  • Once you’re satisfied with the preview, try printing the document again.

12. Disable Chrome PDF Viewer

Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer which, although convenient, can occasionally cause issues with printing PDF files. If you’re having trouble printing a PDF from Chrome, disabling the built-in PDF viewer and using an external application instead could help.

Here’s how you can disable the Chrome PDF viewer:

  • Type chrome://settings/content/pdfDocuments in the Chrome address bar and press Enter.
  • This will take you to a settings page where you can toggle a switch to ‘Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome’. Enable this setting.
  • Now, PDF files will be downloaded to your system instead of being automatically opened in Chrome. You can then open the PDF file in another PDF viewer, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, and print from there.

13. Check Your Printer’s Network Connection

If you’re using a network printer and can’t print from Chrome, it might be because of an issue with the printer’s network connection. You should check if the printer is properly connected to your network.

  • First, check if other devices connected to the same network are able to print documents. If they aren’t, then the issue might be with the printer or the network, not Chrome.
  • Check the printer for any network error messages. If there are any, try troubleshooting them (e.g., by restarting your router or reconnecting the printer to the network).
  • If your printer is wireless, make sure it’s within range of your router, and that the wireless connection isn’t being obstructed.
  • Finally, you can try printing a network configuration page from your printer. This page will often include useful information about the printer’s network status.

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Benjamin Johnson

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