How to Print from a Chromebook Using Google Cloud Print
Google’s Chromebook doesn’t allow you to plug a printer directly into it and and print. But you can print remotely using Google Cloud Print. Here’s how.
Google’s Chromebook doesn’t allow you to plug a printer directly into it and print since you can’t install drivers on it. Here’s a look at how to manage Google Cloud Printers so you can print from your Chromebook over your local network, or anywhere the device is connected to the internet.
Managing Google Cloud Printers
Important Update: Starting December 2020 this service is no longer available. For more, take a look at Google’s print from Chrome page.
You can set up a Cloud Ready Printer. These are offered by several companies and have the Google Cloud Print Ready logo on them. If you have a Cloud Ready printer, it’s much easier to set up.
Another cool thing is you can print to virtually any FedEx Office from your Chromebook, PC, smartphone, or tablet. For more, check out the FedEx website.
The other option you have is setting up a printer with a computer running Google Chrome. will allow you to remotely print to supported printers from your Chromebook. Oftentimes, these will be traditional printers that are connected to another computer.
Add a Traditional Printer to Cloud Print Devices
Make sure that the computer you’re on at this point has a printer connected to it, set up, and turned on.
To add a new printer open Chrome and go to Settings > Show Advanced Settings and scroll down under Google Cloud Print click Manage.
There you’ll see a list of printers that are currently in your list under My Devices. Click the Add Printers button.
On the next screen, you’ll see the physical printer that’s connected. Check it and click Add Printers.
Success! The printer will be ready to use. Remember that to print to it, you’ll need to have it and the computer it’s connected powered on. This is for Classic Printer scenarios, and Cloud Ready Printers are always connected and don’t require PC set up.
Print from Chromebook to Classic Printer
Now on your Chromebook, if you have a document from Google Drive, SkyDrive, or anything you want to print when you do, the classic printer you added will be listed and ready to go.
Here I’m printing a Word document out from SkyDrive. Simply click the printer icon or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P.
Then for the Destination, change it to the printer you want. In this case, my Canon MP495 is connected to a Windows 8.1 laptop.
That’s all there is to it. Of course remember you can use Cloud Print for your tablets, smartphones, and other computers and devices. You just need to install the Cloud Print app first. For a step-by-step on how to do that, check out our article on printing from the Nexus 7 using Cloud Print.
Sorry Brian. I just can’t get past “you can’t install anything”. I think ChomeOS is going to go the way of the dodo and Microsoft will replace it with Android.
Just my 2 cents. I played with a chrome but…. no thanks. It’s still 5 years before its time.
I think Chrome is a nice alternative to a tablet where you want a low cost computer with a keyboard.
That being said, I think that’s a pretty good point re: Android. Will have to wait and see.
Google Print is a nice alternative also for those of us with an iPad of iPhone and a legacy printer that doesn’t have Airplay printing. Sweet tip @Brian.