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When a printer says “offline,” it means that the printer is not capable of printing. Usually, the reason is low toner or ink, paper jams, or loose or defective cables.


Printers go offline due to power surges and sags, corrupted files in the print queue, paper jams, an empty toner cartridge or paper tray, bad components in the printer itself and interference by remote users. Only some of these generate unique error messages.


Most printers generally do not work offline, although some with a copy function may copy when offline. A printer that is offline is either not connected to a computer or not recognized by the computer and is unable to communicate or receive print commands from the device.


To fix an offline printer in Windows 7, click the Start button, go to the Control Panel and choose Hardware and Sound. Click the printer to check the status. If the printer is not available, it should show an "offline" status. If it is online and ready to use, it should show "ready."


To keep an HP printer from going offline, move it closer to the router when connected to a wireless network. Alternatively, use a network cable that fits firmly into the printer and computer for a cable connection, give the printer a static IP address or assign the correct port number.


One of the most common reasons for an HP wireless printer to keep going offline is the instability of the printer's dynamic IP address, which results in frequent losses of communication. The problem may also be caused by using a wireless router that has been improperly configured by the ISP.


Some good home computer printers include the Brother HL-L2380DW, the HP LaserJet Pro m225dw and the HP Officejet Pro 8610; these printers are top-rated among Best Buy customers, as of November 2015. At Walmart, the top-rated computer printers include the HP Deskjet 1512, the Canon PIXMA MG2920 and t


You are working offline when your computer is not connected to other devices or using an Internet connection. This is opposed to being online, where a device, such as a computer or program, can communicate with other devices or the Internet connection in order to complete a task.


To connect a wired printer to a Windows computer, simply plug the printer cord into one of the USB ports on the computer. Once it is connected, the printer can be turned on, and installation should begin automatically.


To connect one printer to two computers, connect the printer to a home Ethernet or Wi-Fi network. If the printer does not have networking capabilities, connect it to a print server.