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How to Print Your Documents on Windows 8?

By Nidhi ,Thursday, April 25th, 2013


Have you upgraded your computer to Windows 8? Chances are that you would find printing with Modern apps seeming a bit more challenging especially if you have been doing it with the old methods of printing from desktop apps. Why is it different with Modern apps on Windows 8? This new operating system comes with a new printer driver program that supports installing more printers without requiring to install different printer driver software for each. Thus, Windows 8 OS helps reduce disk space to be occupied for multiple printer drivers. So, how to print with Modern apps on Windows 8?

Printing from Modern apps on Windows 8

Modern apps in Windows 8 do not feature customary ‘File’ menu (like desktop apps) which includes the ‘Print’ option. Neither, you will find any Print button on the action bars of Modern apps. In that case, you need to use the charms bar to print from Modern apps. Follow these steps to print from Modern apps.

  • Open the Modern app from which you need to print
  • View the piece of content you want to print, whether a PDF content from the Reader app or any online content from Internet Explorer
  • Press ‘Windows key and ‘C’ together or swipe from right side of the screen to the center to open the Charms bar
  • When the Charms bar opens, select the ‘Devices’ icon. Or else press Windows key and ‘K’ to access ‘Devices’ icon.
  • The list of connected printers will be found; however, if the Modern app does not support printing, you will not see any printer.
  • Select the name of the printer you want to use.
  • You will see different types of printing options; choose the option according to your preference such as the landscape, portrait or the type of paper among others.
  • Select ‘Print’ to print and you are done.

Printing from Desktop apps on Windows 8

Printing a document, an image or a web page from desktop app on Windows 8 is still the same. Following are the steps of printing from desktop apps on Windows 8.

  1. Select ‘File’ menu at the top left corner
  2. Select ‘Print’ option. Some desktop applications may not have a ‘File’ menu. To print from those applications, you need to right-click on the content to access a list of menu options. Click ‘Print’.

With Windows 8, you can also print using a network printer which you can access from the Control Panel on the desktop. Do you find this information useful? Share your comments below.

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About Nidhi

is the Gizmo Gal for iYogi. A writer by choice and Gizmo Geek by nature, she brings the hottest and latest happening in the Gadgets’ world. So, when you need a peek inside the tech world, you know where the action is.

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