Fix: Can’t Print From Edge→ Preview not Working/Stuck Loading

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by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
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  • For other solutions if you are unable to print from Edge, keep reading this article.
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If you cannot print from Edge on Windows 10 or 11, you can follow the solutions featured in this article.

Microsoft brought many exciting changes with Windows 10 and 11, and one of the biggest changes was a new browser, Microsoft Edge.

This browser is designed as an Internet Explorer replacement, but users reported certain problems with Edge. According to users, they can’t print from Edge in Windows 10/11.

This error message can also be found in the following form: Microsoft Edge won’t connect to a printer.

Also, many users reported that Edge prints other pages than it displays. In the following part of the article, we will try to face this problem with some useful solutions and find out the reasons. So keep reading!

Why can I not print from my browser?

There are several things that can prevent you from printing anything from a web browser. It includes the following ones:

  • Conflicts with third-party extensions
  • Incorrect Printer settings
  • Improper Microsoft Edge print settings.
  • Driver problem
  • Registry errors
  • Internal components corruption

How do I add a print button to Microsoft Edge?

Even though you can print anything on Edge using CTRL + P or clicking on the print option from the menu, you may want to add a Print button on this browser for faster interaction. Unfortunately, there is no official way to do it. But, we have the trick.

To add the print button, follow these steps.

  1. Open Edge.
  2. Press CTRL + D on the keyboard.
  3. Click Click on More.clicking more while adding bookmark ms edge
  4. Now, Give the name as Print and URL as the following: javascript:window.print()saving print bookmark button ms edge
  5. Save it.

Now, you can easily find the Print button on the bookmark bar. However, if you cannot print due to errors, that will be an annoying experience. So, In this article, we have prepared some solutions that will work with any type of Edge printing-related errors. That includes the followings:

  • Edge crashes when printing
  • Edge freezes when trying to print
  • Print total can’t calculate on Edge
  • Edge print preview not working
  • Edge print dialog not opening
  • Can’t print pdf from Edge
  • Microsoft Edge print spinning circle
  • Printing failed check your printer and try again

What can I do if I can’t print from Edge?

  1. Try using a different browser
  2. Use the Ctrl + P shortcut
  3. Run the printer Troubleshooter
  4. Set a different default printer
  5. Select print option from the menu
  6. Use Print to PDF or any other virtual printer
  7. Try using older drivers
  8. Use Developer Tools
  9. Edit the registry
  10. Download the latest updates

1. Try using a different browser

If you need to print something urgently from a webpage, you can always use a different browser.

If the reason you switched to Edge in the first place was the promise of speed and design, then you might as well download Opera One, since it is also a Chromium-based browser.

As for printing, Opera One comes with a built-in printing tool, and it even offers some tweaking tools for your final printed papers as well.

It is extremely lightweight, looks very modern, and you can even customize it to look in whatever way you want it, thanks to the multitude of themes, night mode, toolbars, and more.

It loads pages instantly, and even with ten tabs opened, you won’t notice much of a load as far as RAM is concerned.

Opera One

A feature-packed web browser that offers many useful tools, including the common ability to print out pages.

2. Use the Ctrl + P shortcut

Microsoft Edge is a universal app and shortcuts are fully supported in Universal apps, which means that you can use print shortcuts inside Edge as well.

Users reported that they couldn’t print in Edge, but by using Ctrl + P shortcut, they were printing without any problems.

3. Run the printer Troubleshooter

  1. Press Win + I to open Windows Settings.
  2. Go to Bluetooth & devices and then Printers & Scanners.going printers and scanners windows 11 settings
  3. Go to the problematic printer.clicking on HP printer Windows 11 settings
  4. Run the troubleshooter and follow on-screen instructions.running specific printer troubleshooter windows 11 settings
  5. Before clicking the Apply fix button, set the printer that you’re troubleshooting as default. After doing that click the Apply fix button.

According to users, you can fix problems with Microsoft Edge and printing by running a Printer troubleshooter.

4. Set a different default printer

  1. Go to the Printers & scanners settings as shown in the previous method.
  2. Toggle off Let Windows manage my default printer.toggling off windows manage default printer windows 11
  3. Now, Go to any of the available printers you want.
  4. Click on Set as default.setting default printer win11 settings

Note: After setting a new default printer you need to set your previous printer as a default one again.

In addition, you can also try selecting a different printer in the Edge print dialog before selecting your default one.

5. Select print option from the menu

  1. Open Edge.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots and select Print.selecting print option ms edge menu

According to some users, you can fix this problem by using the Print option from the menu.

6. Use Print to PDF or any other virtual printer

  1. Press CTRL + P.
  2. Select Microsoft Print to PDF as your printer, and click the Print button.selecting virtual printer microsoft edge
  3. Choose a save location for your PDF file.
  4. Locate the PDF file and print it.

If you can’t print from Microsoft Edge, you can try using Print to PDF feature. With this feature, you’ll print a page that you want to a PDF file, and you can just print that PDF file from your PC.

This isn’t the best solution, but it’s a decent workaround, so you might want to give it a try.

7. Try using older drivers

  1. Open Start Menu, type device manager, and hit enter.opening device manager windows 11
  2. Find and double-click on the printer driver.double-clicking on printer driver windows 11 device manager
  3. Go to the Driver tab.
  4. Click on Roll Back Driver and follow on-screen instructions.rolling back driver windows

Users reported that they managed to fix this problem after installing an older version of printer drivers.

If you can’t print from Edge, you might have to remove your printer drivers and then install older drivers for your printer.

8. Use Developer Tools

  1. In Microsoft Edge, Press CTRL + Shift + I to open Developer Edge developer tools opened
  2. Then, switch to different tabs and close the tool.
  3. Try printing again.

All modern browsers have the Developer Tools feature that allows you to see the source code of a certain website, and so does Microsoft Edge.

This is a rather strange workaround, but users reported that it works for them, so you might want to try it.

9. Edit the registry

  1. Press the Windows Key + R, enter regedit, and press Enter.
  2. In the left pane navigate to this key:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main
  3. Right-click the empty space on the right pane and choose New, and select String Value.
  4. Enter AlwaysUseDefaultPrinter as the name of the new String Value and double-click it.
  5. In the Value data field enter yes and click OK to save changes.
    alwaysusedefaultprinter keyword
  6. Close the Registry Editor and check if the problem is resolved.

10. Update both Microsoft Edge and Windows

10.1 Update Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Type the following address in the address bar and hit enter: edge://settings/helpmicrosoft edge checking for update
  3. It will update itself automatically.

10.2 Update Windows

  1. Open Windows Settings.
  2. Go to Windows Update and click on Check for updates.check for updates windows 11 settings

To find solutions for any Windows update-related errors, check out this Windows Update section.

Cannot print from Microsoft Edge after update

Sometimes, you may find that you cannot print from Edge after updating it. It means the latest version of Microsoft Edge has some issues. So, we recommend you use the older version. To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Exit Microsoft Edge.
  2. Now, Open File Explorer and go to the following location:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\103.0.1264.44\Installer
  3. Right-click on an empty area and choose Open in Terminal.opening Terminal on a folder in windows 11
  4. Run the following command: setup – uninstall – system-level – verbose-loggingrunning command to uninstall ms edge
  5. Hit the Uninstall button.

Now, Microsoft Edge will be using an older version by uninstalling the latest one. You should not encounter the newly appeared printing error again.

Not being able to print from Edge can be a big problem. But, the above solutions will help you to fix cannot print from the Edge browser on both Windows 10 and 11.

If you still can’t print from Edge on Windows or know any better solutions. Tell us in the comments section below. We might have additional steps to recommend, or your information may help others.

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