You've just clicked the print button on your computer and instead of the familiar sounds of the printer, you're greeted with a offline printer message. A printer may go offline for several different reasons, which can make the fixing process a bit frustrating for some. You can typically fix your offline printer by using one of a few different fixes.
Printer Offline: Fix With Reset
By far the easiest way to fix an offline printer is to turn it off and on again. A reset can fix many issues with a printer that may cause it to suddenly show up as offline. Hold the "Power" button on your printer until the device shuts off, or remove the power cable from the back of the device. Plug the cable back in and press the "Power" button to turn it back on. Wait a few minutes to allow the printer to fully reboot and then try to print your document again. If it works, then your offline printer issue is fixed.
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A printer may go offline if it has become disconnected from your computer or your network. If your printer is hooked up to your computer via a USB wire, you may be able to fix the offline problem by plugging the cable into a different USB port on your computer or replacing the cable if it has stopped working. You may be able to fix an offline printer that is connected wirelessly by resetting the wireless connection on the printer. How you do this will depend on the brand and model of your printer, so make sure to consult your printer's user manual.
Set Default Printer
If resetting your offline printer and checking for connection issues doesn't fix your offline printer, then you may need to set the default printer again to resolve the issue. You can set your default printer on a Windows computer by clicking the "Start" button and then selecting "Devices and Printers." Right-click on your printer and then click "Set as default printer." You can set your default printer on a Mac computer by clicking the "Apple" icon in the top left corner of the screen and then clicking "System Preferences" followed by "Printers & Scanners." Right-click on your printer in the sidebar and then click "Set as default printer." Try to print your document again.
A printer that is offline may require other fixes beyond setting the default printer, resetting the printer and solving connectivity problems. Your printer may be offline if a piece of paper is jammed inside the printer. You can fix this by opening all printer doors and removing any jammed paper found. A printer may go offline if the ink or toner is empty. In this case, replace any ink or toner cartridges that are empty to resolve the offline printer issue. Try resetting the printer again if the offline message is still displayed after clearing a paper jam or replacing the ink.