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Printing on a Chrome OS Device (Chromebook, Chromebox) or in Chrome Browser (all platforms)

You can print from your Chrome OS device or Chrome browser using most printers at the lab.

Printing a Page in Chrome

If your printer is already installed or published, you can use that printer to print from your Chrome OS Device:

  1. On the page you’d like to print, press Ctrl + or select Print... from the drop down menu in the Chrome Browser
  2. Next to "Destination," click Change.  (By default it will show Save as PDF, this can be used to create a PDF of the screen in lieu of printing it out, and can be saved directly into Google Drive or Team Drive folders)
  3. Under "Recent Destinations" or "Local Destinations," select your desired printer.
  4. Some Operations users will already have their shared Copier MFP printer's listed, if you do not see your local printer, follow instructions below to manually add your printer.
  5. Click Print.



Setting up your a Local Printer for your Chrome OS Device

You can print from your Chrome OS Device using most printers at the lab.

Get configuration info for your Printer or Copier

  1. If you have not already done so, setup your network printer.  Print a Network Config Report or read the label on the device.  Note the hostname of the printer for the steps below.
  2. Copiers will usually have a static IP, hostname will be something like
  3. Smaller desktop printers without static IP addresses will look something like this
  4. The Lab recommends not mapping printers with the IP address as this may change
  5. Connect your printer to the wired LBNL network. If you need help, follow your printer manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Avoid connecting your printer via Wi-Fi, you most likely will not be able to connect to it from other devices.

Add a Network Printer Manually

If your printer doesn’t show up automatically when you click "Add Printer" (most will not), you can also add your printer manually.

Important: You’ll need to know your printer’s Hostname or IP address, protocol, and queue. To find them, check your printer’s label, display panel, manual, device specs, or help website.

  1. Click your account photo in the taskbar, and Click Settings Settings. (You can also select settings in the Chrome Browser drop down menu)
  2. On the side panel, click Advanced.
  3. In the "Printing" section, click Printers. (You can also search the Settings menu for "printer" to pull up all related Printer Settings)
  4. Click Add Printer.
  5. Click Add Manually.
  6. Enter your printer information:
    • Name: Type any name.  You can also make it the same or similar to the hostname for consistency.
    • Address: Type your printer’s hostname (will look something like this
    • Protocol: For most printers, the supported connection protocol at LBNL is LPD.  (IPP will work in some cases, but will not cross sub nets and not recommended at this time)
    • Queue: Leave this option as its default.
  7. Click Add.
  8. In the box that appears, choose your printer manufacturer and model.
    • To find this info, look at the label on your printer.
    • If you do not see an exact match for your printer make AND model, choose the "Generic" option for Manufacturer.
    • Select Generic Postscript Printer for Model.  This will work with most copiers and printers at the Lab.
  9. Click Add.

Print a Test Page

After you’ve set up your printer, you can use that printer to print from your Chrome OS Device:

  1. On the page you’d like to test print, press Ctrl + p.
  2. Next to "Destination," click Change.
  3. Under "Local Destinations," you should see the printer you just added.
  4. Select your printer.
  5. Click Print.

Troubleshoot printing problems

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click Settings Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under "Printing," click Printers.
  5. Next to the name of your printer, click More More and then Edit.
  6. Make sure all your printer information is correct, with no typos or misspellings.

If all your printer info is accurate, try removing and re-adding your printer:

  1. Next to the name of your printer, click More More and then Remove.
  2. Set up your printer again.
  1. Next to "Local Destinations," click Manage.
  2. In the list of printers that appears, find your printer.
  3. Next to the name of your printer, click More More and then Edit.
  4. Make sure all your printer information is correct.

If you don’t see the name of your printer, try setting up your printer again.

Google Cloud Print (beta)

Most the printers and copiers at the lab do not nativity support Google Cloud Print, which is still in beta, and at this time is not the preferred printing method. Click here to learn more about Google Cloud Print.

Set up Google Cloud Print

If your wireless printer says that it's Cloud ready, follow your printer manufacturer's instructions or see setup information for Cloud-ready printers.

If your printer doesn’t say it’s Cloud ready, follow the steps below.

  1. Turn on your printer.
  2. On your Windows or Mac computer, open Chrome.
  3. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  5. Under "Printing," click Google Cloud Print.
  6. Click Manage Cloud Print devices.
  7. If prompted, sign in with your Google Account.
  8. Select the printers you want to connect, and then click Add printer(s).

The printer is now associated with your Google Account and connected to Google Cloud Print. You can print to this printer from any device where you're signed in to your Google Account.