How to bring an offline printer online? – Sometimes you face a condition where you want to print a document but when you enter the print command and nothing happens. In this situation when you look at the printer menu a message is displayed saying “Printer Offline”.
Here we are sharing some methods to get your offline printer back to online status by just following few steps. We are going to share four solutions. You have to follow these solutions one by one until you find the one that works for you:
- Check Printing Status
- Update Printer Driver
- Check Printer Connection
- Add a Second Printer
Method 1: Check printing status
- The first step is to turn off your printer and then turns it on.
- You have to press the Windows logo key and me at the same time on your keyboard and click on Devices.
- Now, then click on Devices and printers.
- You need to Right-click the icon with a green check-mark and click to check what’s printing.
- Right-click the icon, If what you see grey icon without the green check-mark and then click on Set as Default Printer.
- Then right-click it and click check what’s printing.
- Click on Printer and check printer offline status
When you can see a tick next to the option Pause Printing and Use Printer Offline, and then click them to remove the ticks to check the status of printer offline.
Method 2: Update Printer Driver
Press the Windows logo key and I on your keyboard at the same time. And Click on Devices.
- Select the Devices and printers.
- Right-click on your printer and click on Remove Device.
- Click OK when you’re prompted about permissions, then click on Yes.
- There are 2 ways for you to get the right drivers for your printer: manually or automatically.
- Run Driver Easy and select the Scan Now button on screen
- Download and install Driver Easy.
Method 3: Check Printer Connection
You have to Power off and then power on your printer to restart it and wait for a while for it to be fully ready.
Check the connection of the printer.
If your printer is connected via USB cable:
Ensure that the cable to your printer is well connected. Once again ensure that you’re connecting the cable to your computer via a working USB port.
If your printer is connected via wired network:
Ensure that the cable to your printer is well connected to the Ethernet port. Then make sure the port your printer connects to on your router is working fine. Check if the network signal on your printer is blinking.
If your printer is connected via wireless network:
Check your printer and ensure that it’s connected to your computer network properly. When you see the blinking wireless icon on your printer that means you’re connected.
Method 4: Add a Second Printer
On your keyboard, press and hold the Windows logo key and I key at the same time and then click on Devices option
- You have to select the Choose the Devices and printers option
- Now, Right-click on your printer and click on Printer properties.
- Click the Ports tab, then on Add Port.
- Choose the Standard TCP/IP Port, and then click New Port.
- Click next and Type in the printer’s IP address.
- Click Next and check whether printer is still offline or not.
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