Print from your Chromebook using directprint.io

directprint.io is a Google Partner specializing in print management for Chromebooks in enterprise and education environments. directprint.io provides advanced local network printing capability including secure print, page limits, resource saving and accounting all without installing print servers or using Google Cloud Print.

See the instructions below for how to enable directprint.io Printing for Chromebooks in your organization.

Step 1: Sign up for an account at directprint.io

  1. Sign up for an account at https://directprint.io/google.
  2. Follow the setup wizard to discover printers, link G Suite and allocate printers to your organizational units. Full instructions are in the directprint.io admin portal under the Knowledge section (requires login).

Step 2: Install the directprint.io app

For managed Chrome devices, follow these steps

Deploy the directprint.io Chrome application using the G Suite Admin console

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devicesand thenChrome management.

    If you don't see Devices on the Home page, click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click User & browser settings
  4. On the left, select the organizational unit where you want to apply the settings. For all users, select the top-level organizational unit. Otherwise, select another organizational unit to make settings for its users. 
  5. Scroll down to the Apps and Extensions and then Force-installed Apps and Extensions and then Manage force-installed apps.
  6. In the Manage force-installed apps window, select Chrome Web Store.
  7. In the search field, enter directprint.io printing
    The app is displayed under the search text.
  8. Click Add and click Save.
  9. The User & browser settings page reappears.
  10. Click Save to apply your changes.
For unmanaged Chrome devices, follow these steps

Install the directprint.io app from the Chrome store

  1. On the Chromebook install the directprint.io app from the Chrome Web Store .
  2. To install printers to unmanaged devices users will need a directprint.io QuickCode to access printers, see the instructions for unmanaged devices (login required).

If administrators allow (configuration option), QuickCodes can also be used for temporary access to printers for managed users travelling between sites. This provides a simple way for users to access printers on-demand.

Step 3: Print

When a user sign in to the Chromebook, the directprint.io application will already be installed (either manually installed from the store or through a managed force install). No authentication or user action is required to receive printer lists.

Only printers allocated in directprint.io to the user or device organizational unit or printers installed by QuickCode will appear in the Chrome print dialog.

Steps for users to print:

  1. The user prints by typing ctrl+P or selecting Print from the options menu.

  2. They choose the required printer from the printer selector Chrome dialog

  3. They select the print output options (color/duplex) in the print preview

  4. They press Print.

Color/duplex control, page limits and other print options will be enforced according to the Print Policy set by the administrator in directprint.io.

If secure print has been enabled, the username and release PIN will be displayed in the Chrome notification area when a print job is sent to the printer. For secure printing in Managed Guest Sessions, a username and session PIN are generated and displayed.

All print activity is logged by directprint.io.

Resources

Visit directprint.io’s site for additional documentation and support.

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