When your printer showing ‘offline’ it only means that connectivity to the computer is non existent. You see, signals are never steady; some things can interrupt the flow and break the connection.
There is no clear pattern when a signal break can happen, so never consider why does my printer say ‘offline’ a big issue. The problem really is devices are not attuned to be sensible to signal breaks. It does not allow automatic reconnection once signal has returned, and needs reconfiguring to restore capability.
Connectivity issues can be resolved by troubleshooting, considering that the cause is not network oriented, but device terminal shorts. Of course part of the solution is to grope the printer and computer terminals to look for loose connections. Since when metals overheat, it contracts and loose connections follows.
That is why in some instances, shutting off the printer and computer and allowed to rest for a few seconds before powering on can most of the time restore connectivity. Just like humans devices also need to rest to allow overheated components to heal, sensitive contact points to reset and allow connectivity.
If physical troubleshooting could not resolve the issue, proceed to your computer and click on the ‘start’ button. ‘Devices and printers’ should now appear and click on it, and ‘see what’s printing’ and a display spooler window will appear. Then on it click ‘printers’ and select ‘use printer offline’ restoring the printer back to ‘online’.
By this basic configuration, the printer should be back ‘online’, if the issue still persist then the problem lies with the drivers. You will need to upgrade and download the right drivers to remove the ‘offline’ messages and continue printing. Always be aware that the choice of drivers is important, only compatibility can restore the printer’s capability.
Remember, why does my printer say ‘offline’, is a message that deals with your printer and computer connectivity issues. And when properly resolved it has addressed the printer showing ‘offline’ error messages.