Windows 10 Offline Printer

A printer is the most effective and instant medium to generate hard copies of important documents. But, many time users complaint about windows 10 offline printer error due to some unknowable reasons and after that users are unable to take printouts.  There are higher chances of occurrence of windows 10 offline printer.

Suppose, you need to print some important documents for the meeting coming in next 30 minutes and suddenly your device displays an error printer offline error windows 10, what will you do? Here are some quick troubleshooting solutions that can help you to fix the printer offline error.

Following troubleshooting guide can help you to fix offline printer in windows 10:

Solution 1 -Check the Printer Status

A turned-off printer status also displays the printer offline error. All you need is to turn off ‘Use Printer Offline’ option to fix this problem. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Press and Hold the Windows+R key.

  • Type Control Panel and hit the enter button.

  • Select ‘Devices and Printer’ option present under the Hardware and Sound section.

  • Find your printer and right click on it.

  • Choose ‘See What’s Printing’ option.

Important- If the option is not available then again right click your printer and choose ‘Set as Default Printer’ and repeat the aforementioned last 2 steps.

  • From the new window displaying, choose Printer.
  • Check the ‘Pause Printing’ and ‘Use Printer Offline’ option. You need to untick the options if they are already ticked. Click on the option to remove the ticks.

  • Now, check the printer status. This will definitely turn printer online windows 10 and if not proceed to the next solution.

Solution 2 – Re-install the Printer Drivers

After Windows 10 upgrade, you may require to reinstall the printer software and driver as sometimes previously installed software and drivers are not compatible with the Windows 10 version. So, uninstall the drivers and download the compatible ones from the printer’s manufacturer website. For this, you can follow the given steps:

  • Press and hold Windows+ R key.
  • Type the control panel and click the enter.

  • From the Hardware and Sound section, select Devices, and Printers.

  • Right click on your printer model and choose Remove Device.

  • If it asks for the confirmation, click on OK.

Now, visit the Printer’s manufacturer website and search for the latest printer driver and software for your device. Download and install the software. If you have a driver installation CD then you can install the drivers using CD and fix the printer offline Windows 10 error on your device.

Solution 3 – Restart the Printer Spooler Service

You can restart the Printer spooler to fix the problem as sometimes this service cause the printer offline error. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Press and Hold the Windows+ R key.
  • Type ‘services.msc’ and press the enter button.

  • Locate the printer spooler service and double click on it.

  • The service status must be running. You can check the status in the ‘Service Status’ section. To stop the service, tap on stop.

  • After that, again click on start option to start the service. Tap on Ok.

Restarting printer spooler will fix the windows 10 offline printer error. If the issue still persists, you can restart your printer and computer and check if a restart solves the problem, otherwise contact the printer expert to troubleshoot the error.

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