How to Print a Google Docs

Image 083 How to Print a Google Docs

Printing documents from Google Docs is easy and straightforward. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to print Google Docs on both desktop and mobile devices.


Before printing, make sure:

  • You are connected to the internet and logged into your Google account
  • You have a compatible printer connected to your device and set up
  • Google Chrome or Firefox browser installed (for printing from desktop)

Printing from Desktop

Follow these simple steps to print docs from the Google Docs website:

  1. Open the Google Docs document you want to print in your web browser
  2. Click on File > Print in the top toolbar (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/⌘ + P)
  3. A print preview will open on the right side. Make sure the document looks correct
  4. Select the desired printer from the dropdown menu next to “Destination”
  5. Customize other printing options like pages, copies, layout, etc if needed
  6. Finally, click on the blue “Print” button at the bottom

And you are done! The doc will start printing on the selected printer.

💡Pro Tip: Having issues with formatting or extra pages printing? Try saving the Google doc as a PDF first and then print the PDF instead.

Printing from Mobile Devices

To print Google Docs from your phone or tablet, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Docs app
  2. Locate and open the document you want to print
  3. Tap on the 3-dot menu > Share & export
  4. Choose the Print option
  5. Select the printer and change any settings
  6. Tap Print in the top corner

The doc will automatically start printing from your mobile device!

Troubleshooting Common Printing Issues

Here are solutions for some common printing problems faced:

  • Blank pages printing: Try clearing printer cache/spooler or print as PDF instead
  • Text cutoff or formatting issues: Disable headers & footers when printing
  • Can’t find printer: Reconnect printer to network or add it again
  • Extra pages printing: Save as PDF first, then print PDF file instead
  • Printing too small: Check page scaling setting in print options

Best Practices for Printing Google Docs

Follow these tips for best print results:

  • Preview before printing to check pagination and formatting
  • Print one page per sheet for proper text and image sizes
  • For images/tables wider than page, save as PDF first
  • Clear browser cache/cookies if facing consistent printing issues
  • Always keep your printer drivers and software updated

We hope this tutorial gave you a good overview of how to easily print documents from Google Docs! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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