How to Fix Printer Shows As Offline on Windows 7

Your PC may show “Printer offline” message while you want to print something.  This means that your computer is having a hard time communicating with the connected Printer. Thus, you will not be able to print anything. In the following tutorial, I will be telling you some authentic techniques to get the Printer Offline Error on Windows 7 fixed. There may be several reasons for such error. So, various methods to fix Printer Offline error have been given below. If the first one didn’t help you, move on to the next one, and so on.

Printer Shows As Offline on Windows 7 [SOLVED]

Solution 1: Setting the Printer you are using as the default Printer

  1. Go to the Start menu, and type Printers.
    Now from the list of results, click on Devices and Printers.

  2. Under the Printers and Faxes dialog, look for your Printer.
    Now by Right-clicking on it, click on the Set as default printer option.

  3. Now to see if it is working, try to do a test print.

Solution 2: To Disable Use Printer Offline Service

  1. From the above-mentioned Method 1, repeat steps 1 & 2 to look for your printer in Windows 7.
  2. Now by right clicking on the printer, select the option: See what’s printing.
  3.  A pop-up window will appear; click on the Printer option.


    There, look if the Use Printer Offline option is unchecked.

Solution 3: To Disable SNMP Status Enabled feature

  1. Again, from the Method 1, repeat step 1 and 2 to locate your printer.
    By right-clicking on the printer, click on Properties option from the context menu.
  2. Under the Ports tab, look for Configure Port option, then click on it.
    Now, uncheck the SNMP Status Enabled option and click OK.

Solution 4: Reconfigure Or Reinstall Your Printer Software On Windows

Another reason for your printer to become offline is, there might be some issue with your printer’s driver. Now, you can try to either reinstall or replace your printer’s driver.

For this, you will have to first remove the printer from your Windows 7 computer.

  1. Follow the step 1 & 2 from the Method 1. Find your printer through this process.
  2. By right-clicking on your printer, choose the Remove device option from the context menu.

As the final step, you will have to download the latest driver software from your printer manufacturer’s website, according to the OS installed. You can go to the websites of printer manufacturers like EPSON, HP, Dell, etc. to get their driver.

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