In today’s hectic work world, most people rely on their printers to help them get their job done quickly and efficiently. Printer Offline How to Put Online? feel like it’s the end of the world! Don’t worry – with these simple steps, you can put your printer back online in no time at all!
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The reason why is my printer offline:
- Loose cable connections, outdated printer drivers, problems with important system services, etc.
- The printer is not set by default, and you should alert your devices.
- The suspension/break period is very small, that’s why the printer remains inactive for a short period, it is disconnected.
How to get your Printer online if it’s showing offline?
Several efficient methods can help you put the printer online. Follow the solution one by one and try to fix the problem on your own.
Power up your printer
- Disconnect the power cord from the printer.
- Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet, power strip, or surge protector.
- Now, that the printer has been disconnected for 60 seconds, reconnect the power cord to the printer.
- Plug the power cord directly into the wall outlet.
- Depending on your printer model, use the appropriate steps to start a Power On/Off cycle:
- Printers with a Power button: Press and release the Power button. Do not hold the button down.
- Printers with a Power switch: Press the Power switch to the Off position, and press it to the On position.
- If the printer does not turn on, wait 10 seconds, press the Power button, or reset the Power switch again.
Check USB Cables
If your printer is showing as offline, the first thing you should check is the USB cables. Make sure they’re all plugged in correctly and firmly. If that doesn’t work, try unplugging them and plugging them back in. Sometimes that can fix the issue. If not, restart computer might be necessary. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete on Windows or Command+Option+Escape on Mac to restart your computer.
Update Your Printer Drivers
- Open the Run dialog by pressing a shortcut Windows + R on your keyboard.
- Now, enter devmgmt.msc in the given search field and press OK.
- A Device Manager window will open up on your screen. Find your printer driver under Print queues.
- Right-click on the name of your printer and select Update Driver from the menu.
- Select the option to Search automatically for updated driver software.
Delete and reinstall your driver software
- Open Control Panel from your Start menu, now click Hardware and Sound.
- Click Devices and Printers. You’ll see a list of printers on the left-hand side of the window.
- Select the printer you want to delete and press Delete at the top of this window.
- Next select Add a Printer or Scanner from the right-hand side of this window to start installing again.
Restart the Windows Print Spooler
The Print Spooler is an important system component that powers the execution of print jobs and the discovery of printers on Windows devices and sometimes restarting it can clear up any issues.
- Click the Start button > Type ‘Administrative Tools’ > click ‘Services’.
- Scroll down to Print Spooler. Right-click and select Restart.
Disable Printer Offline Mode
- Open the Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound > Devices and printers.
- Right-click on your printer and select Printer Properties.
- Go to the Ports tab and uncheck the box next to Enable Printer Offline Mode.
Printer Set as Default
- Go to ‘Control Panel’ by using the Windows Search option.
- Click on Devices and Printers. The next printer list will appear on the display.
- Right-click on your printer from the list of printers shown and select the option ‘Set as default printer’.