Google Cloud Print
Print securely anywhere, from any device – using your existing printers.
Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web, to allow printing from devices without installing any software or drivers.
If you’re using a Chromebook or your smartphone, There’s Two ways to print from anywhere.Each involves associating your printer to your google account.
- The first way is having Google talk directly to the printer,
- the second (more common) way is to have google talk to the printer thru another computer on your network.
Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day.
Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.
Two ways to use –
With a ‘Classic Printer’ – You can select any of the printers that are attached to one of your computers with anyone without having to install any drivers.
With a ‘Cloud Ready’ printer, you can simply attach the printer to your network, wireless or wired, configure it and then print from anywhere.
To add a Classic Printer on a computer that has Google Chrome installed, go to chrome://devices (Copy and paste into new tab) and select the printer(s) from the list, then click Add Printer(s).
You’ll now be able to print to these printers from Anywhere on any device that you can normally access Google Chrome (Chromebook, Smartphone, Laptop, Desktop PC, Tablet).
From any print dialog on any software on your computer, (right click – print or File|Print) you’ll now be able to select your ‘cloud’ printers from the list as if they were locally attached to that device.
Cloud Ready Printers
Adding a Cloud Ready-printer is a bit more configuration.
- These will be network printers that are attached directly to your internal network either wireless or wired.
- The printer will need to be configured per the manufacturers directions first.
- Here’s where you can check the Cloud Ready Printer list – https://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn/printers.html
- Once configured you can follow the directions here – https://support.google.com/cloudprint/answer/1686197?rd=1
Printing is then the same as if it was a local printer attached to your Chromebook (or Tablet, or Smartphone, or Desktop PC)!