Windows 10 has built-in Universal apps like Photos that have evolved greatly from the modern versions in Windows 8.x and here’s how to print from them.
A lot of computer users (and IT support) despise dealing with printers and hope to see a completely paperless home and office one day. But until that magical day arrives, the fact remains, there are times when we still need to do it.
If you’re a new Windows 10 user and want to print from one of the new built-in Universal apps, you might not be sure what to do. Here’s a look at how to print from apps like Photos and Microsoft Edge, and a workaround to print a story from the News app.
Print from Windows 10 Photos App
When you have a photo open, select the photo you want to print, and then select the More actions (…) at the upper-right corner and select Print from the dropdown menu. Or, simply hit Ctrl+P on your keyboard.
Then you can select the printer you want to use. And, just like normally printing in Windows, you can choose other options like saving it as a PDF or send to OneNote. You’ll also have options for how you want to manage the quality of the printout.
Printing from Other Windows 10 Universal Apps
Printing from other Windows 10 Universal apps is a completely different story right now. In fact, in several of the built-in apps, the option is simply not available.
But, you can print from Microsoft Edge, either hit Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut or select the More actions button and then Print.
But unfortunately, you cannot just print what you highlight in an article, which is a great way to save ink and paper when printing from other modern browsers. For more on that, check out our article on how to print only selected text from web pages in Windows.
If you do just want to print what you’ve highlighted from a web page, you can open the page in IE. For more on that, read our article on how to find and use Internet Explorer from Edge in Windows 10. Of course, the other option is to change your default browser. To do that, check out our guide: How to Change the Default Web Browser in Windows 10.
Workaround to Print from News app
If you don’t see any print options in other built-in Universal apps like News, you’ll need to use some type of workaround. In the News app if you find an article that you want to print out, select the Open in Browser icon at the top of the app. Then you can print from Microsoft Edge, or whatever you set your default browser, too.
Say what you will about Windows 8.1 and the Charms bar, but it allows you to print from more apps than you can in Windows 10 (right now anyway).
But remember, Microsoft is treating Windows 10 as a service, and more functionality will be added on a regular basis via updates. So as the OS matures, hopefully, we’ll see improvements to printing in Universal apps.