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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    January 19, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Next week will be our laboratory examination for computer hardware and it includes this type of troubleshooting. Thanks a lot! I’ll keep it in mind.

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    February 2, 2020 at 11:49 am

    “Why does my printer say ‘offline’?” – answer: because it wants to mess with my mind and it’s working. It might be simple for you or anyone else that knows what they are doing but it’s a mind-boggling for me. Your little explanation helped me figure it out and it’s back online again so I’m very thankful for that.

    Now that I’ve done it, it doesn’t sound so complicated but then again, I had no idea what to do so I wouldn’t have figured it out on my own.

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    February 2, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I just have this type of printer problem earlier and it happens that I read your blog. I fixed it by your help, thanks a lot!!!

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    February 6, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    I followed your instructions thoroughly and finally, I fixed my printer. Keep sharing and God bless.

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    February 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Reading your blog is such worth my time. Keep sharing because you’re helping a lot of printer users.

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    February 24, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    A short and helpful article like this deserves my thumbs up! You’re the best man, keep it up!

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    March 23, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    I almost spent an hour looking for a troubleshooting guide then I get to see this blog through google. Thanks for sharing! I finally got the solution I need.

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    March 25, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    After following this troubleshooting guide, I proved that my computer’s driver is really the issue. I finally got this problem done after several days of trying. Thanks a lot!

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    April 1, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I got the same issue and tried several ways to fix mine. Yet, I always end up unsuccessfully fixed it. I almost wanna give up and look for technical support instead. Suddenly, I’ve seen your blog and when I tried yours, it works finally!

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    April 7, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for this configuration guide of yours. This article really helped me with my problem regarding this matter.

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    April 14, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I see, thank you for the information. I badly needed to fix my printer and connectivity issues because I have to cope with my pending reports.

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    April 16, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    I just bought my wireless printer, well I’m glad I’ve read this article. This article has taught me in advance when this problem happens in my printer.

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