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Why Does My Printer Say Offline? Problem Solved!

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.

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5 Comments

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    Steven Devane
    December 6, 2019 at 12:45 am

    The short yet narrative content describes about a very common printer issue i.e printer goes offline. I am also a printer user and even I have faced it number of times. But now after reading this blog, I feel I finally get the solution and resolve it as per the content.

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    Natasha
    December 23, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Wow thanks for your help, Haven’t tried getting offline when i am printing lots of papers but it just happen this time, i have been struggling finding which part cause this kind of trouble.

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    Virginia
    December 24, 2019 at 8:38 am

    This is a nice read. You can also check to make sure the printer is turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your PC. Your printer’s built-in menu should show which network it’s connected to, or check your printer’s manual for more info.

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    nelyn
    December 30, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    I have also tried that my printer says offline but all of my cable wires,driver etc. have all set up nicely, you just need to restart your pc to refresh and run pretty.

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    FEAH FAITH
    January 13, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I have same issue as well and when I visit your blog I realize something. My printer is dusty since I haven’t used it for a long time. I clean it up, rest for an hour and finally it works again.

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