How to Set or Make Printer Online in Windows 8 and 8.1, Offline Too

Are you new to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?, have you started using it directly from Windows XP or Vista?, then you might be wondering how to make a printer online from offline state in Windows 8 or 8.1. Usually printers go offline due to networking or USB cable connectivity issues, paper jam, out of paper or any other printer hardware fault. Mostly it will automatically come back to online mode when these issues are fixed, but sometimes you need to make a printer online manually in Windows 8 or 8.1.

Making a printer online in Windows 8 or 8.1 is not like how we do in earlier Operating Systems XP, Vista (except Windows 7) by right clicking it and making online. Microsoft changed the way of making a printer online from offline in Windows 7 and latest Operating Systems, we have already covered here how to make printer online in Windows 7.

Windows 8 printers

How to Set/Make Printer Online in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

1) Go to control panel.

Press Windows Key with I ( WIN+I) or by using charm bar or else use these ways to reach control panel from this guide.

2) Click on Devices and Printers in Large or Small icons view of control panel.

Untitled3) Now you will be seeing the offline printer (slightly faded). Right click on it and select ‘See what’s printing’.

see whats printing in windows 8

If the printer is in offline state you would be seeing the tick mark front of ‘Use Printer Offline’. Remove the tick mentioned below and wait for some time printer to come online and resume printing.

Remove offiline

If the printer comes online and goes offline again, that could be due to real connectivity or hardware issue on the printer. Better you fix those issues and restart the printer.

If it is a network printer, you can find out the IP of the printer and check the communication. Since Windows 8 is something different from earlier Operating Systems, you can check here how to close metro apps.

I hope this small guide would be useful to make printer online from offline and vice versa in Windows 8 and 8.1.


    • Raj says

      Sometimes the printer will show offline in disabled mode and you will not be able to change the status. If you have this problem then click the Troubleshoot menu to fix the issues in the printer.

  1. This is says

    completely worthless. Checking that or unchecking it makes no difference for a network printer. Perpetually offline, not a hardware issue (works perfectly with other computers).

  2. says

    @Kim you have to choose the option ”run as administrator” to see the printer offline option. Anyway didn’t work for me, trying to find another solution.. I really hate Windows 8.

  3. Phil says

    When I try to uncheck ‘Use offline’ nothing happens and a notice comes up – “error processing command”

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