Set up your printer

You can print from your Chromebook using most printers that connect to Wi-Fi or a wired network.

Tip: You can also use a USB cable to connect your printer to your Chromebook. When you use a cable, you'll see a notification. Follow any onscreen instructions. Your printer won’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi if it is directly connected to your Chromebook.

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Step 1: Connect to the internet

  1. Turn on your printer.
  2. Connect your printer to a network. If you need help, follow your printer manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. If you haven’t yet, turn on your Chromebook and sign in.
  4. Connect your Chromebook to the same network as your printer. Learn how to connect to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Print a page

  1. To print the page, image or document you’re viewing, press Ctrl + p.
  2. Next to "Destination," select the Down arrow Down arrow.
  3. Select See more...
  4. Choose your printer. Tip: Some printers will automatically show up on this list. If you don’t see your printer on the list, you can select Manage.
  5. Select Print.
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Add your printer to your Chromebook

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Printing" section, select Printers.
  5. Select Add Printer.
  6. Choose your printer from the list, then select Add.

Tip: If you don’t see your printer, you can add your printer manually.

Add a printer manually

If your printer doesn’t show when you click "Add Printer," you can also add your printer manually.

Important: If you're using a Chromebook at work or school, and you're not able to add a new printer, contact your administrator.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom, then select Advanced.
  4. In the "Printing" section, select Printers.
  5. To quickly add a nearby printer, select Add Nearby Printers. If you see a list of printers but don’t see your printer, select Add Manually.
  6. Enter your printer information:
    • Name: Enter any name.
    • Address: Enter your printer’s IP address.
    • Protocol: For most printers, the supported connection protocol is IPP.
    • Queue: For most printers, the queue is ipp/print.
  7. Select Add.

If your printer cannot be set up automatically, you can continue to follow the onscreen steps for advanced printer configuration using PPD files. 

Advanced printer configuration

Your Chromebook may not fully support this printer, but you can use the advanced setup process.

  1. In the box that appears, choose your printer manufacturer and model.
    • To find this info, look at the label on your printer.
    • If you don’t see your printer in the list, check your printer info for its "printer language" or "emulation." Then choose the "Generic" option that looks similar.
  2. Select Add.

PostScript Printer Description (PPD)

Chromebooks use PPD files to support printers. PPD files are different from printer drivers and tell your Chromebook how to support a specific printer model.

  1. In the box that appears next to “Or specify your printer PPD,” select Browse.
  2. Choose your printer PPD, then select Open.

Fix problems setting up printer

You set up your printer, but it won’t print

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. Under "Printing," select Printers.
  5. Next to the name of your printer, select More More and then Edit.
  6. Make sure all your printer information is correct, with no typos or misspellings.

If all your printer info is accurate, try removing and re-adding your printer:

  1. Next to the name of your printer, select More More and then Remove.
  2. Set up your printer again.
Your printer won't connect to Wi-Fi
  1. Turn your printer off, then back on.
  2. Try to connect to Wi-Fi again.

If your printer still won’t connect to Wi-Fi, contact your printer manufacturer for help.

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