If you’re experiencing issues downloading or printing a printable, you’re in the right place. My Printing Troubleshooting Guide is here to help! There’re so many great free printables out there!
Don’t miss out just because you have an issue with your printer! Oh no! We can’t have that! One of the common issues that arise when trying and failing to print something is that the correct printer is not selected. Sounds like a simple fix right? It is!
You hit print and nothing happens! WHAT? Sometimes there’s a simple solution, and here’s the one I see most commonly…
If your printer gets turned off for some reason, sometimes it resets to default settings. The default setting can include which printer to use when printing. Sometimes mine will say something like E-Print?!?
No idea what that is, but uhh nope that’s not the right printer. Other times it will select an old printer. All you need to do is make sure the correct printer is selected, clear the queue and try to print again. If you’re not sure how to select the correct printer I have an image below that should help… Keep reading for more printing troubleshooting.
Downloading PDF issues.
If you’re having trouble opening a PDF, your computer may not have the kind of software needed to handle PDFs. There are all kinds of free and paid software on the market right now, Check out the google play store, or the iTunes store to see if you can find something that works for your computer.
Experiencing printing issues can be a real pain. These are usually caused by printer issues or improper printing software. Go through the list and check everything is in order. Instructions for dealing with each issue are below the list.
Not Printing at all
- Do you have the correct printer selected?
- Is the printer plugged in and turned on?
- Is the computer paused or hung up on an error?
- Turn it on and off again.
- Is the software updated?
- Uninstall and reinstall the printer.
Selecting a Printer – If you press print and nothing happens. It could be that you don’t have the correct printer selected. Go to the print setup page, (press print, and it should bring it up).
It should look something like this… Every printer/computer has a different kind of printer setup. They may have a different look and even different options. Check the image of it below.
There should be an option to select a printer. Make sure you have the correct one selected, and try printing again.
Plug it in! – If that didn’t work, check to make sure the printer is plugged in not only to the wall, but also into your computer. Then, make sure it’s turned on.
Check the Queue – Also, make sure the printer doesn’t have any errors or jobs that have been paused. You can do that by going onto your computer and finding the printer settings and looking for the queued items. You can usually cancel any present jobs, or send them through.
Printing Full Page
Most of our printables are full-page (US) meaning they take up most of the 8.5″ x 11″ page. It should print just fine, but if it’s not we will need to check the settings.
- Choose “Fit” or Scale to Fit” option
- If “Fit” doesn’t work, try using the scale option, and scale the page to the correct size.
- For other page sizes, you may also try using the scale option to get it to fit the page such as size A4.
- Choose the correct orientation such as landscape or portrait.
If your printable prints too big or too small on the page, look at the printer setup page again. Check to make sure the “Scale to Fit” or “Fit” option has been selected. If that doesn’t work you can use the scale option along with the preview to get it to the exact size it should be. If you don’t live in the USA and have A4 or other sized paper, you might try choosing actual size, or use the scale option to get it to optimal size.
Another issue you might encounter is that the page orientation is wrong. You will need to select either portrait or landscape. Printing Tips
Printing on Both Side of The Paper
To print on both sides of the paper, some printers come with the option to do this automatically. My printer doesn’t have that option, but many newer models do. If your printer does have this option you will find the option in the printer setup page. If your printer doesn’t have front and back printing, you can print one side, and then feed the paper back through to print on the other side. You will have to figure out the proper orientation so that you can flip the page over, and be able to read it, so the text is not upside down.
Printing Duplicates of a Single Page
If you need more than one copy you can ask the printer to print multiple pages. In the image above locate where it says COPIES. Increase the number of copies in the box next to that, to produce more prints.
If there is more than one page and you only want multiple copies of say page one, you will need to input that. Here’s how… In the picture above, find where it says ALL, and below there is a field that says “e.g. 1-5, 8, 11, 13”. Fill in the page number that you would like to print. If you want 3 copies of page 1 input the number one into the field and select 3 under copies.
How to Skip Printing a Page
If there are ten pages but you only want to print 9 of them of five of them, you can tell the printer exactly which ones you want it to print. Say you don’t want to print page 2. In the picture above, find where it says ALL, and below there is a field that says “e.g. 1-5, 8, 11, 13”. Type in 1,3-10. A comma separates 1 and 3, and a dash tells the printer it should print pages 4-10 also.
What Kind of Paper to Use?
- I use printer paper that is recycled and Made In The USA.
- For sticker paper, I like these whole sheet sticker paper.
- Brown kraft sticker paper is cool if you want something different than just a plain white paper.
- Card stock for greeting card printing.
If none of these tips work, you might try to get these printed professionally. Go to your nearest printing shop and ask them to print them for you. You will have to call them to see what their policy is. They may want you to bring the document in on a flash drive.
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