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Printing from the Cloud, Part 1

Several weeks ago after a column about Google Chromebooks, I received a great question from a reader and friend of mine, Joe. Joe asked about how he could set up Google Cloud Printer on his Chromebook.  After I researched and set it up I started receiving many other emails concerning the same question, so here we go.

If you have heard about it before, Google’s "Cloud Print" feature sounds great.  It will allow you to print documents to any printer having cloud print set up from anywhere in the world.

Image from Google.comThis is really convenient.  There are several things you must have to do this.  First, you must have a Google/Gmail account.  Next, a computer that is online and physically connected to the destination printer; obviously, they must work together at that location.  Also, for this to work both the destination computer and printer must be on, or you cannot print to them.  The reason for this is that you will actually be sending the file you want to print from your computer to the computer in another location which is connected to the printer, so they must be on and working.  All of this is accomplished through Google Chrome browser on both devices. 

The Google Chrome browser, "Chrome" has to be installed on both computers (the one you are printing from and the one connected to the printer). 

You must start the setup process from the computer which is physically connected to the printer, your destination device.  The first step is to open your Chrome browser, click the small wrench in the upper right-hand corner, (it could also be a small box with horizontal lines) click on Settings and then again on Settings located in the left navigation area of Chrome.

Scroll down to the bottom and click "Show advanced settings…"  Move down that screen until you see "Google Cloud Print."  You could click on "Learn more" for help from Google or read on.  Click the "Manage" button and then "Add printers."  You may need to sign into your Google account, if you have not already been in your Gmail, etc.  You will see a list of printers connected to that computer, click the checkbox for the printer and click "Add Printer."   You will now have a Manage Printer button, click it to see that your printer has been added.  Now that printer will be available on any computer on which you are running the Chrome browser and have logged in with your Google account.

You are now in the Caribbean with your notebook computer or Android tablet.  You want to print your memoirs to your home computer.  Click the Print button in your writing program, Word or Libre Office, or even a webpage.  You must be logged onto your Google account and have Chrome installed.  Next, you will change to the Google Printer previously setup by you at home and hit the print button.  When you get back home your documents will be waiting for you.

But wait, that is not the entire story…tune in next week for a better idea.

April 6, 2010


Filed under: Columns — Tags: , , , — Ron @ 4:36 am

I had a great email from AP telling me about someone teaching her a great windows feature this week.  I thought I had written about this hidden feature long ago.  In searching through all of my columns I found that I had not, so today we will take a look.

You know how it works… you are emailing a friend about something strange happening on your computer.  It would be much easier to put a picture of what is happening in the email instead of trying to describe it.  Or take my example, when writing a training manual; pictures are always needed for the step-by-step explanations.  Or you just made that big score playing online scrabble.

Wouldn’t it be neat if Microsoft provided a free tool to allow us to grab a “screenshot” of what we needed? The answer to that is, “Yes!” They have and it has been available in most all Windows versions.   It  is still available in Windows 7.

The perceived worthless “Print Screen” button on your keyboard used to do something slick in the old “DOS days”, back before Windows ever put in an appearance.  By pressing the “Print Screen” button you could print out the screen that was displayed.  That is very boring by today’s standards; however, in those days it was high-tech.

To get a picture of your window all you have to do is press and hold down (for a second or two) the “Print Screen” button.  This key is usually found on your keyboard in the upper right corner labeled, “Prnt Scrn”.

Try it now.  Go to your computer and open a window of anything on your computer.  Press the “Prnt Scrn” button a hold it for a count of “two”.  There you have it; you have just copied whatever was on your desktop into your system’s clipboard.  If you are using two monitors you just copied both windows.

How can you prove it?  Simply open a program like Word that allows graphics and paste as you normally would paste text.  The easy way to paste is to use the “Ctrl-V” button combination.  There it is, your screenshot is now in your document.  You can paste the graphic in most programs including email; though, you will have to check to make sure yours will allow this.

Now let’s look at one last print screen trick.  Use, the “Alt-Prnt Scrn” keys if you only want to copy one active window and not your entire desktop.  The only rule here is that the window you want to copy is active, i.e., you click on that window before copying.

This screenshot remains in your clipboard until you copy something else into it or you restart windows.

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