1. Restart your printer by shutting it off and turning it back on once again. Give the unit a minute or 2 to complete booting.
2. Verify that the printer is plugged into your computer system (for local printers) or that it has the network connection. If the printer is a networked system, double-check the link light on the back of the printer to make sure it's flashing green.
3. Log on to your computer system utilizing an account that has "Handle Printers" rights to the printer. In most cases, a local administrator account suffices.
4. Click the "Start" button and then click "Gadgets and Printers."
5. Right-click the printer and choose "See What's Printing" to show the print spooler window.
6. Click "Printer" and select "Usage Printer Offline" to remove the checkmark. The printer must come online at this time. If this option is grayed out or if the printer does not come online, continue following the steps listed below.
7. Close the print spooler window and return to Gadgets and Printers.
8. Open a Web internet browser and download the current driver for your printer from the maker's site.
9. Follow the guidelines that feature the chauffeur to install it. If you still can not bring the printer online, continue with the steps below.
10. Click the "Start" button then click "Control Panel."
How To Bring A Printer Online
11. Type "troubleshooter" (without quotation marks) in the Search box at the upper-right corner of the window. Click the "Troubleshooting" link when it appears in the main window.
12. Click "Utilize a Printer" under Hardware and Sound.
13. Follow the on-screen directions. The troubleshooter will attempt to identify and repair the issue. If it can not, it will offer you with additional guidance on resolving the issue, How To Bring A Printer Online.