#368 Google Cloud Print

In this week’s tip you’ll learn how you can print wirelessly from virtually anywhere. My wife totally loves being able to print things from anywhere in the house…and it’s always good for me to stay in good graces with her! (She likes to say I’m the domestic CIO, but I think I’m actually closer to the help desk than the executive suite.)

Print Anywhere

Google Cloud Print is a technology that connects your printers to the web. 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, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.

Setting It Up

Although there are ‘cloud ready’ printers now available, they are not required. You can make this work with any printer connected to a computer that has internet access.

This works via Google Chrome, so you’ll need to have that installed on the computer. (If you are using Windows XP you’ll also need the the Microsoft XML paper specification pack.) Once you’ve got Chrome installed, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector in Google Chrome.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the wrench icon wrench icon  on the browser toolbar.
  3. Select Options
  4. Click the Under the Hood tab.
  5. Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Sign in to Google Cloud Print.
  6. In the window that appears, sign in with your Google Account to enable the Google Cloud Print connector.
  7. A printer confirmation message appears and click Finish printer registration.
  8. You’ll see a confirmation that Google Cloud Print has been enabled.

The printer is now associated with your Google Account and connected to Google Cloud Print. You can print to this printer whenever you’re signed in with the same Google Account.

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