Did you find that nothing appears at your printer when you print from Google docs?
To fix this, I’d anticipated having to update a myriad of device drivers and perhaps even my browser and operating system itself but as it turned out there was a quick and simple solution – though it’s only quick when you know how.
When the Microsoft Office 365 license expired on one of my laptops recently, I had no option but to use Wordpad or Google docs to write a simple letter – well no option short of installing free office software, like Apache OpenOffice, which I thought overkill for my needs and creaking laptop.
I wanted to embed a cropped photo in the document, which meant Google docs was the only candidate up to the job.
I quickly knocked up the letter (see my other article on Amazon recharging me if you’re curious to know why I had to post an old fashioned physical letter) and was very happy with the result.
When I came to print, however, it said it had printed but nothing appeared at the printer.
I’d used the print option from within Google docs itself so the letter would print in the chosen A4 portrait format, rather than my Firefox browser’s print option which would just print the contents of the browser rather than the document itself.
I checked my default printer was correctly set, tried a test print and printing some simple text from Notepad, both of which worked fine, but printing from Google docs did not do anything however many time I tried – not even an error message.
So the big reveal – Google docs ‘print’ does not send your document to your printer.
What?! Yes I know. It ‘sends’ the document to a pdf file in your browser’s downloads directory.
You need to open that directory, double click the pdf file to open it in Adobe Acrobat and then print to your printer from Acrobat.
Easy when you know how.
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