How to set up Google Cloud Print on Windows 10
In this simple tutorial i am going to show you how to set up Google Cloud Print service natively on Windows 10. It is the quickest way to print your documents especially if the printer you have access to is not very close to you. You actually can print files from London to Tokyo if that is what you want.
Cloud printing is one of those software technologies you ask yourself: “why didn’t we had this years ago?”. The most common way this technology helps me is printing from home to work in case i need to do that.
List of thing you need to set up Google Cloud Print
To do this you’ll need a Windows PC, a Google Account, Google Chrome, download Google Cloud Print Service and Google Cloud Print Driver (the driver that will help you add your a Cloud Printer to your Windows default list.
1. Install Google Cloud Print Service
This first step is to ensure that we have the service working in Windows 10. Head over to the download page and run the setup kit. It will automatically install every file needed for the system.
It’s possible that the download could not work if you’re not using Google Chrome as the browser, that’s why i have put it in the list of “tools” you need. If Windows asks for permission to authorize the installation then go for it.
2. Run Google Cloud Print Service
This step looks easy, but actually it gave me a bit of a headache because of the login process.
First of all find the newly installed service in the Start Menu at the Recently Added section.
After you run the application, you get this window where you have to login but to your computer account not to your Google Account.
If you can’t login you have to be aware that this is the password you insert when you log on to Windows 10. Some users use the Microsoft Account to login, other users create an offline (local) user account.
3. Add Local Printers
The next step here is to login to your Google Account that you’ll use for the service and after that you will receive a message in Chrome Browser asking you to add local printers to Google Cloud.
That’s about it for connecting your standard printers to your Google Account.
Now if you’ll go to another computer into Chrome and login to your Google account you could print a file directly from Chrome as in the image below.
You can also manage the list of printers from this link.
One thing to mention is that if the device you used to add the local printers to Cloud Print is not online you cannot print any files because it will appear offline.
Now if you want to use Google Cloud Print service as a native printer in Windows 10 and not only from the Chrome browser you’ll need to download and install the Google Cloud Print Driver.
This processes easier. After installing the driver you will just have to choose which printer should be used to print the files you want, and you’ll also have a few basic options to choose from before you send it out for printing.
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