With Google Cloud Printing, you can take any Google Cloud enabled printer (also available for non-Google Cloud ready printers) and send documents, pictures, or even labels to the printer remotely from your phone, tablet, or computer. You can also share your printer with other devices connected to your network.
To set up this printing method, follow these steps:
- If you do not already have a Google account, create one here.
- You will need to be in Chrome initially to set up Google Cloud printing. After you have it enabled, you can use other browsers such as Safari and Firefox. If you do not have Chrome, you can get it here.
- Launch Chrome and then click on the three consecutive lines (some may also see a wrench) in the top-right corner of your browser. Then, go to "Settings" on the left side of the browser.
- Go to the bottom of the "Settings" page. Click "Show Advanced Settings".
- Scroll down to "Google Cloud Print". When you click that, you are then invited to a screen to register your specific printer through Google.
NOTE:There may be a pop-up, so make sure to enable that allows popups .
If there is an available Google Cloud enabled device, it will be listed. If you have a "Classic" printer, that will show as well. Click "Add Printers".
- This will bring you to a new page where you can check mark which printers you want to enable.
NOTE:You may need to obtain the e-mail address assigned to the printer. You can find instructions to do this here if you are unsure.
After you are registered, click on the "Manage your Printers" link to be taken to your Google Cloud printing page. This is where you can add new printers, share your network, and view/edit your print queue.
- When you press Command + P to print with Google Cloud, you will be prompted with a window of printing preferences. On the left, under "Destination", select Print with Google Cloud Print. Select the preferred printer and click "Print".
- You can also save a web page to Google Docs by doing the above method, but instead of choosing "Print with Google Cloud Print", you will choose "Save to Google Docs". You can then find it later from within Google Docs. This is particularly useful if you want to save labels, packing slips, pick lists, or anything else to print later.
- One other option is to print from your Hard Drive from the Google Cloud print page. Go to Google Cloud Print
and click the orange "Print" button. A popup will come up, prompting you to upload a file to print. Locate the file you want to print, select a printer and press "Print".
If the above method does not work for you, you can try an alternate method:
- Download "Cloud Printer" from the Mac App Store.
- Open Cloud Printer and sign-in using the same Google account you used to register your printer in your Google Cloud.
- Set up the virtual Automator. Missing this step is often the issue as this allows Cloud Printer to sync directly with Google Cloud Print. To set up the virtual Automator, open up the Automator program on your Mac. You can search for it with Command + Spacebar.
- Once Automator is open, select "Print Plugin". Make sure the Action tab is selected, and search for "Open Finder Items" in the search field.
- Double-click on "Open Finder Items".
- On the right side of Automator, click "Open With" and choose "Cloud Printer".
- Go to "File", then "Save", and name it "Print from cloud".
The Google Cloud Print option should now be available on your computer when you select the "Print from cloud" that you just saved.
Test print in ShippingEasy:
- Log into ShippingEasy. Navigate to the SETTINGS page and then select LABELS under LABEL SIZES & PRINTING OPTIONS.
- Beneath the label format you have selected, choose the Test Print Settings link.
- This will open a sample label PDF in another tab in the browser. Select the Print icon from the options in the bottom left corner.
- On the printer dialog box that pops up, change the destination by clicking "Change". A new dialog will pop up with other options.
- Select "Google Cloud Print" which will open the Cloud Printer app. You will have to sign in if you haven't yet.
- Select the cloud printer you want to use and click "Submit Job to Printer" at the bottom.