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How do I print from a Chromebook?

How to Print from a Chromebook

There are a few select printers at each school that are Chromebook printing enabled. You can print to them using the following instructions:

  1. When you are on the page that you want to print, hit Ctrl + P (or click on the Settings button in the upper right corner and select "Print.")

  2. On the Print Preview screen, next to Destination click the drop-down menu and select "See more..."

  3. Scroll down and select the printer you want to print to.
    NOTE: If you don't see a list of printers, use the search box at the top and type your school abbreviation (i.e. AH, CPMS, BHS, etc) and hit enter. Then select the printer.

  4. Select any options that you'd like on the right side of the screen. You can also click "More Settings" to see more options for that printer.

  5. Click the blue Print button in the lower right corner of the screen.

If you are having problems printing from your Chromebook or if you don't see printers listed for your school, please fill out an IIQ work order ticket and include the printer's IP address, room/location, and printer model number.

 

Troubleshooting

If you see one of the following errors when printing to a specific printer, please try these steps:
 
"Can't connect to printer" - Make sure the printer is connected to the network. Try printing from a Mac, or try pinging the IP address. If you have confirmed that the printer is connected to the network and Chromebooks still can't print to it, please open an IIQ ticket with IP address, room/location, and printer model number.
 
"Error setting up printer" - Please open an IIQ ticket with IP address, room/location, and printer model number.
 
If the printing issue is only affecting one Chromebook (and other Chromebooks can print to the printer), then please follow the steps in the Essential Chromebook Troubleshooting KB article.

 

Alternatives to Printing


Do you really need a physical printed copy?

Maybe you found an article online, or a PDF with documentation that you want to print. Do you really need a physical printed copy that may get lost or recycled? There are ways to digitally save these files without having to print them on paper. The best digital printing option with Chromebooks is to Print to Google Drive. If you are on the page you want to print, press Ctrl+P. The print settings window will appear. Under Destination, click on the Change button. At the bottom under Google Cloud Print, select Save to Google Drive. Then click Save. You will now have the page saved to your Google Drive.

But I want to give this printout to another staff member…

You can do this digitally too! All district staff members have a Google Apps account (username@apps.nsd.org). Once you save the file to your Google Drive, you can share the file to any other staff member, and it will be available in their Google Drive account under the Shared tab on the left side of the screen.

Can I share a document with students too?

Yes!! Students have Google Apps accounts as well (student_number@apps.nsd.org). You can share documents with students using the same share method as you do with staff. You can also use Hapara to manage digital content with your students. 

Talk to your Instructional Technology Coordinator for details on using Google Drive and Hapara with your class.

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