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windows 8 printingPrinting Everything You Need To Know About Printing Emails Everything You Need To Know About Printing Emails Even in paperless times of ours, there are situations when you have to print out emails. For instance, you might need to submit it as a physical document. You might want to have a physical... Read More has changed in Windows 8 We've Actually Used It - What Does MakeUseOf Think Of Windows 8? We've Actually Used It - What Does MakeUseOf Think Of Windows 8? If you haven’t installed Windows 8 yet; don’t worry, we’re technology writers - it’s our job to test these things out for you. Quite a few MakeUseOf staff including myself have taken the plunge and... Read More – there’s now a standard way of printing in every Modern app. However, like many things about Microsoft’s new Modern interface, printing is not immediately intuitive for many users, especially those used to the old way of printing. Printing is still the same on the desktop, so you don’t have to learn anything new for your desktop applications.

Windows 8 also has a new printer driver system that attempts to support more printers with less drivers, reducing the disk space used for printer drivers and eliminating many bloatware A Simple Checklist To Safely Installing Free Software Without All The Junk A Simple Checklist To Safely Installing Free Software Without All The Junk Picture this - you've just found this awesome free software that you are stoked about because of all that it can do for you, but when you install it, you discover that it is packed... Read More services that come with printer drivers for older versions of Windows.

How to Print From Modern Apps

Modern apps don’t have a File menu where you’ll find a Print option, and they don’t have a Print button on their action bars either. To print in a Modern app, you’ll need to use the charms bar.

First, open an app and view the content you want to print, such as a web page in the Modern version of Internet Explorer or a PDF document in the Reader app.

Next, open the charms bar. Either swipe Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop With the introduction of Windows 8, a lot of brand-new touch-friendly features have been added to make the operating system enjoyable to use on touch-enabled devices. However, for typical laptops which only have touchpads for... Read More inwards from the right side of your screen, press the Windows Key + C, or move your mouse cursor to the top or bottom right corners of the screen and move the cursor towards the center of the edge of the screen.

Tap or click the Devices icon once the charms bar appears. (You can also quickly access the Devices charm from anywhere by pressing Windows Key + K.)

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You’ll see a list of connected printers and other devices you can print to. If the app you’re using doesn’t support printing, you won’t see any printers in the list. You may also see other devices in the Devices list, such as additional monitors connected to your computer.

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Tap the printer you want to print to and you’ll see some basic printing settings. Printer drivers can customize the options that appear here, so you’ll see different options depending on your printer. Tap or click Print to print the document.

You can also tap or click More Settings to view and customized more advanced printer settings, such as the orientation of the document and type of paper you’re using.

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How To Print From Desktop Apps

You can print from desktop applications like you always have. Just click the File menu and select Print. In applications without a File menu, such as Google’s Chrome browser, you can often click another menu button or right-click the page and select Print.

While you can access the Devices charm from the desktop, it won’t allow you to print from any desktop applications.

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Connecting To Network Printers

You can add network printers 4 Of The Best Printers For Connecting To A Wireless Network 4 Of The Best Printers For Connecting To A Wireless Network Read More from the Control Panel on the desktop, just as you could in Windows 7 DOWNLOAD The Ultimate Windows 7 Guide DOWNLOAD The Ultimate Windows 7 Guide Read More and earlier versions of Windows. All printers you add will appear both on the desktop and in the Modern environment.

Click the View Devices and Printers option in the Control Panel window and use the Add a Printer button to add a network printer.

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Printing To PDF Files

Windows still doesn’t ship with support for printing to PDF files, although you can still print a document to an XPS file, a proprietary format Microsoft created in an unsuccessful attempt to replace PDF files. You’ll need to download a third-party program if you want to print to PDF files. We’ve had good luck with the free CutePDF Writer in the past.

Once installed, a PDF option will appear in your list of installed printers – both in Modern apps and in desktop apps.

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A New Printer Driver Architecture

As a new version of Windows, Windows 8 comes with more printer drivers integrated. Many printers will work out-of-the-box without you having to install anything.

Windows 8 also uses a new printer driver model that supports a wider variety of printers with fewer drivers. The architecture is simplified, and Microsoft wants printer manufacturers to stop including system services with their drivers, reducing bloatware How To Make Your PC A Microsoft Signature PC Without Paying $99 How To Make Your PC A Microsoft Signature PC Without Paying $99 Windows PCs are notoriously junk-filled out-of-the-box. Buy a Microsoft Signature PC from a Microsoft Store (yes, Microsoft has a handful of stores across the US) and you’ll find it free of the usual junk. Soon,... Read More .

Many printers will work out-of-the-box. This is important, as Windows RT Windows RT - What You Can & Can't Do Windows RT - What You Can & Can't Do Windows RT edition was discreetly launched about a month and a half ago with the flagship Microsoft Surface RT tablet device. Though visually indistinguishable from Windows 8, there are some key differences as to what... Read More (the ARM version of Windows used for the Microsoft Surface RT Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway Microsoft Surface Tablet Review and Giveaway The Surface tablet is a flagship Microsoft product -- its first foray into the tablet market as a hardware manufacturer. It’s almost as locked-down as the iPad - the only applications you can install and... Read More and other Windows-on-ARM devices) doesn’t allow users to install drivers or other desktop software, so the only printers that work with Windows RT are the ones that Windows supports out-of-the-box.

Printers can optionally specify a Modern app that will be automatically installed from the Windows Store when you connect them to your computer. Microsoft wants these Modern apps to replace the desktop-based printer utilities, providing a cleaner, more unified experience with standard system notifications for printer events, such as “low on ink” messages. However, few printers support this at the moment. You may have to download and install a software package from your manufacturer’s website to get such features.

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  1. amanda page
    June 16, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Practical writing - I learned a lot from the facts ! Does someone know where my assistant can get a template IL Power of Attorney For Health Care form to type on ?

  2. Marymatters
    May 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    i have a windows 8 HP laptop, but i can't print pdf documents, except MS word documents. The printers aren't even showing in the print dialog box, and it's slowing me down. Someone please help!!!

  3. mark pogalz
    May 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Contrary to popular belief, desktops are not going away. Some tasks are just easier to do on a desktop... At least they used to be. Desktops have always been a MS stronghold. Maybe they missed the boat on mobile but trying to make a mobile device out of a desktop voids any advantage the desktop had. Trying to capture the mobile market with Windows 8 will fail shedding some once loyal Windows desktop users in the effort. THIS IS A LOSER MS... If you can get ahead of this there is hope. Admit the mistake and don't try to defend the decision.

  4. jd
    April 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I was printing ok with windows 8 on a HP all in one Officejet 4620 until I got a new email from work. I was my work schedule for the coming week! I could not print it. Then a few days later I could print it. I printed a few bank statements (that I HAD to have to do my income tax!). Now I cannot print ANY pdf's from anywhere. This is a very serious problem.

    I tried to take the advice given in this article but it did not work. Instead I ended up trying to download an app to help me print, that claimed it would spy on my computer. I hope the advertiser (that get a hold of my computer info) does not clog up my email account with any more unless junk emails. I see no good reason for windows 8 to disable 1,000,000's of printers around the world so it can control the spread of 'bloatware'. I want to have windows 7 back so I can function. Please help....

  5. Sue
    April 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I'm cross! I have a perfectly good functioning printer that will print both sides of a booklet automatically, yet for some unknown reason, Windows 8 has decided I need to MANUALLY take out the paper in re-insert it into my paper tray! WHY???? This is SO annoying when I have a lot of sheets to print! Also I WANT to open my printer's own dialogue window. Why does Windows have to decide how I do things, especially when it's not as streamlined. I know have MORE steps to go through to print a document. If this is progress I think I'll go back to a manual type-writer!

  6. Chris
    April 13, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I am using windows 8 to a hp 7520 printer, how do I print in colour?

  7. gamms
    April 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Does anyone know how to get rid of the black date and time box,part of the charm they gave us ): thats pops up in your way constantly. Yes you can do alot of things in win 8 but with many more strokes and wasted time! Microshaft should give everyone free upgrades to windows 7 ??????? lol

  8. James
    March 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Hi, I'm having major problems trying to print from my Windows 8 HP Laptop to an Epson printer that sits opposite the laptop. I have a Wi-Fi connection to Home Hub Router for both devices. I've un-installed the printer and reloaded ok and have successfully printed a test page ok. But when I try to print a word or excel document it just hangs, ie; little window appears with a picture of the printer churning out paper but message shows : Printing Page 0/0. this status remains for hours and hours and nothing happens!. I've tried a direct cable connection but get the same message.

    One thing I did notice was when I reloaded the printer there were a lot of files added. When I tried to open a word or excel doc, they would not open. I carried out some research and found that there was a conflict with one of the printer files that causes problems with excel and word. I deleted this file and hey presto, word and excel open up again!!

    The only thing is, I dont know if this file (ABBYY FineWriter or something like this) is essential to the running of the printer (I dont think it is) but if it is, how can I print when I cant open up the document!

    The fact that the test sheet printed ok shows the printer is working ok, but am mystified as to why a word doc or excel doc wont print - appreciate any help / guidance you can offer).

  9. James
    March 3, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Hi, I'm having major problems trying to print from my Windows 8 HP Laptop to an Epson printer that sits opposite the laptop. I have a Wi-Fi connection to Home Hub Router for both devices. I've un-installed the printer and reloaded ok and have successfully printed a test page ok. But when I try to print a word or excel document it just hangs, ie; little window appears with a picture of the printer churning out paper but message shows : Printing Page 0/0. this status remains for hours and hours and nothing happens!. I've tried a direct cable connection but get the same message.

    One thing I did notice was when I reloaded the printer there were a lot of files added. When I tried to open a word or excel doc, they would not open. I carried out some research and found that there was a conflict with one of the printer files that causes problems with excel and word. I deleted this file and hey presto, word and excel open up again!!

    The only thing is, I dont know if this file (ABBYY FineWriter or something like this) is essential to the running of the printer (I dont think it is) but if it is, how can I print when I cant open up the document!

    The fact that the test sheet printed ok shows the printer is working ok, but am mystified as to why a word doc or excel doc wont print - appreciate any help / guidance you can offer).

  10. James
    March 3, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Hi, I'm having major problems trying to print from my Windows 8 HP Laptop to an Epson printer that sits opposite the laptop. I have a Wi-Fi connection to Home Hub Router for both devices. I've un-installed the printer and reloaded ok and have successfully printed a test page ok. But when I try to print a word or excel document it just hangs, ie; little window appears with a picture of the printer churning out paper but message shows : Printing Page 0/0. this status remains for hours and hours and nothing happens!. I've tried a direct cable connection but get the same message.

    One thing I did notice was when I reloaded the printer there were a lot of files added. When I tried to open a word or excel doc, they would not open. I carried out some research and found that there was a conflict with one of the printer files that causes problems with excel and word. I deleted this file and hey presto, word and excel open up again!!

    The only thing is, I dont know if this file (ABBYY FineWriter or something like this) is essential to the running of the printer (I dont think it is) but if it is, how can I print when I cant open up the document!

    The fact that the test sheet printed ok shows the printer is working ok, but am mystified as to why a word doc or excel doc wont print - appreciate any help / guidance you can offer).

  11. Amanda
    January 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I'm so confused by the new way Windows works, now. All the apps, instead of having a start menu kills me. So...my problem is that for some reason, I can't get pdf's to print right now. They have printed with this app before, but now when I go to print, it says Sorry, can't print, or something of that sort. And I know it's not my printer, since I can print from the internet. Do you know what I can do? I'm so lost.

  12. turtle
    December 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    The words that come to mind can not be printed. In fact nothing I have can be printed. I'm ready to take this new PC back, take the loss and buy a Mac!

  13. Vee
    September 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I'm discovering more things as I continue to print. It seems that only the very basic printing options are available. Where is double sided printing, Grayscale, Fast Print?

  14. Vee
    September 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I'm not happy with the printing with Windows 8. As simple as choosing an option not to print in color is no longer available. Am I missing something because I looked at More settings and the Printer Properties/ I need help with this.

  15. John
    September 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    My father in law has a HP OfficeJet J4550 shared on a Win Vista machines and is trying to print from a Win 8 Laptop. Both pcs show the print job in the queue but it never prints. I'm thinking that Vista doesn't provide the correct driver to the Win 8 machine. Doesn't seem like an improvement to me.

  16. Jan
    September 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Windows 8, Epson printer...boarding pass....tiny little print in the corner of the sheet and I cannot find how to change it. Wont download a pdf file from the website, and wont download a pdf reader from the internet either. Rubbish, and absolutely useless to the older computer use ie my mum and now apparently me!

  17. Meg
    July 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    We have an HP B210a and Windows 8 recognizes the printer, makes the connection and prints everything but the first page...any ideas?? We have downloaded new drivers after deleting and reading the printer. ??

  18. Rita Johnson
    July 20, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I just got a new laptop with windows 8, I was using Vista for years. I now open a PDF file and cannot figure out how to print it. I am frustrated, there must be a way but darn if I could figure it out. Can someone help me?

  19. Jan (male)
    June 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I have Lexmark X2600 series printer connected to laptop running windows 8. All drivers were easily installed for the printer. I know how to print but the size of the letters is way too small in the printed document as opposed to the size of letters on the screen that is being printed. Not sure how to correct this. Help!! thanks Jan

  20. Josiah Bacon
    May 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Pretty worthless advice. I tried windowes + C and got the "charms bar" howefver devices led me no where useful. I tried windows + K and got even less. My problem is that I use a duplex HP printer. The recto and verso pages do not align properly; they are off center both vertically and laterally, this was never a problem with Windows XP. Microsoft blames HP and HP support is practically as opaque as Microsoft support. The problem is universal accross all apps PDF, Graphics, and Word 2010 all exhibit the same problem. Print preview in Word shows the correct porientation. I find it difficult to believe the problem is with each and every app. I have tried adjusting the printer but nothing happens. I believe the problem is in the OS that is to say Windows 8. As you said they reconfigured the way Windows handles printers and I believe this is just another problem with Windows 8 Microsoft will not own up to.

    • smoken55
      June 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      I agree with the printing issues discussed here. I did some testing on a network running Server 2012. All printers are networked. Some printers are HP, some are Cannon, Brother... There are XP workstations, Win7 & Win8 workstations. I took the same PDF file and tried to print to each brand of printer from each version of OS. All printers printed the PDF fine from the XP & Win7 OS's. However, when I printed to each of the printers from the Win8 OS's, the color was dramatically different than the image on the Win8 monitor. I could hold the printed PDF, from the XP/Win7 OS's, up to the Win8 monitor and the colors are perfect but I can't get Win8 to produce a proper printed image color scheme on any of the printers. I have actually had the service tech's out to service the printers, they had no solution for my issue either, I have updated the firmware on the printers and, yes, have the latest drivers installed on the Win8 workstations for each printer. On the flip side of this... I am only having this issue with PDF's, not Word, not Publisher, not Visio, Chrome, or IE... is this an Adobe/MS issue?

  21. Misbah Mashkoor
    April 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

    sup people!!...

  22. Tenwise Temple
    April 6, 2013 at 1:19 am

    The new start screen and desktop app are cumbersome and require extra steps for the user to gain access to anything other than MS suite products or partners. It comes across as an attempt by MicroSoft to carve out territory via start screen apps that point users toward the MS suite of services. I would have thought that all the anti monopoly suits that MS has faced would have given them reason to avoid such steering. Anyway- I see more trouble ahead for this operating system. Oh yeah, almost forgot purchased a new upgrade desktop for my 74 year old mother-in-law and unfortunately it came with 8. Poor judgement in retrospect - she was totally lost until I took a plane in to help her out. Funny thing is the 8 start screen is being totally ignored now and she does everything after launching the desktop tile. Really MS - the 8 start screen this is a serious miss!!!!! Also her Cannon L80 laser printer is now obsolete with no available printer driver from the OEM or MS and of course will require the purchase a new printer. Another Miss by Canon and MS............Disappointed........Scrap 8 and go back to what consumers want free choice and functionality......

    • Joy
      August 22, 2013 at 5:41 am

      They're trying so hard to be IMac wannabe's and totally missing the boat!!!

  23. Daniel Joshua
    April 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Guys, did you know that Windows 8 runs all OLDER games real smooth.

    I tried playing Age of Empires 2 and Populous in a Windows 8 PC and Windows 7 PC

    These games gave a colour issues in Windows 7 PC and also requires the user to kill Explorer in order to resolve the issue. While Windows 8 PC ran the game smoothly! No Colour issues!!

    I was amazed to see this. Windows 8 has been certainly improved in important fields

  24. Uttam Shrestha
    April 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    good to know....thanks for the info!

    • gamms
      March 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      I have the same setup with win 8 when I hit print I only have the option to save to desktop then I have to print from there ! How could this be easier! Wind 8 has set me back years.

  25. Christine St Syr Griffin
    April 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I found printing to be actually easier on windows 8, i also use chrome instead of ie and have yet to try and print from anything other than chrome or google. documents and or any word type document has been fairly straightforward also, again I do use google drive and docs for most of my work. thanks for the tips there are several I need to keep in mind if I do run into any issues, christine

  26. *P* Nayar
    April 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    i've got a boatload of printers that are no longer supported by post-xp versions of windows. wouldn't it have been great to have standardised drivers?

    • Esaure
      April 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

      There are many printers that works in win 7 if you force xp drivers installation and works without problems.

      The only problem is that "not certified for..." or "not supported for this os" message.

      Other devices works in vista and 7 with xp drivers by doing manual driver installation.

    • Esaure
      April 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

      There are many printers that works in win 7 if you force xp drivers installation and works without problems.

      The only problem is that "not certified for..." or "not supported for this os" message.

      Other devices works in vista and 7 with xp drivers by doing manual driver installation.

  27. Guy McDowell
    April 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I'm glad you're delving into Windows 8 for us all. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I hate that Microsoft changed things so radically.

    Nonetheless, I need to learn it, so thank you!

  28. Alan Howlett
    April 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

    "Thanks" Microsoft for changing something without any clear reason. Again. I really "appreciate" how every driver needs to be rewritten for every new operating system, and I just "love it" when I can't work productively anymore because you've moved something to be "helpful".
    Why can't Microsoft stop changing things without reason?

    • GT
      April 6, 2013 at 1:45 am

      Agree 100@, Alan Howlett. Windows is going backwards at a rate of knots.

      Firefox under Win8 sees NONE of our 4 printers: "Print" brings up a dialog that says no printers are installed, while it's clear from Control Panel-> Printers that there are 4 printers, and if I try to print in Firefox, Office 2013 no longer sees the printers and I get "Active Directory Services unavailable" if I try to force the Win8 forebrain to see the printers again..

      As to the "charms" bar nonsense (seriously - who names this drivel? Hint: there is a real world outside of marketing meetings): if there was ever a thing that was invented with absolutely no consideration of whether or not it resulted in increased ease of use, the "charms" idea is it.

      Thank [insert your favourtie Sky Fairy here] that I don't use Microsoft bloatcrap for my own work (Ubuntu FTW)... but sadly The Lovely is handcuffed to MS's insecure, shipped-before-proper-testing sludgeware because as a lawyer she can't get reliable document exchange and version tracking because... wait for it... other people's MSOffice routinely reformats (and loses track changes) for documents created in non-MS suites.

      Win8 is, as a guy from Harvard correctly pointed out, the software you give you worst enemy for Christmas.

    • Rich
      December 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Amen, they took a perfectly good tool and turned it into a worthless, dysfunctional toy. When I get the time, I'm ripping this POS out by the roots, was forced to buy this junk OS because that's all that was available at the time. Need a class action lawsuit against Micro Shaft to make them pay for screwing the public to make millions by selling us athe worst OS since Windows 98 or ME.

  29. Clyde Atwood
    April 2, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Thanks for the info! I just upgraded to Windows 8 because my sister bought a new laptop with W8 installed and she needed help learning a "new" OS.

  30. Glenn
    April 2, 2013 at 12:50 am

    It's remarkable... here we have machines and systems with orders of magnitude more space in storage and memory (gigs and gigs) than we used to, and we've still got people worried about using a few more KB, or even MB, for "essential" services (eh? do people still print anything but their tax returns?...to their virtual PDF printers, of course). (or this an April Fool joke... nahhhhh)

    • Pevinsghost
      April 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      The problem with bloat isn't the hard drive space (which is at a premium on tablet devices that MS is targeting anyway) the problem is they're running, eating up ram & CPU cycles. That's part of why my linux computer on 13 year old hardware & a dozen more programs running runs circles around my XP machine on 5 year old hardware, no bloat.

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