Use Google Cloud Print from the Desktop

by Preetha 2012-09-11 10:55:08

Use Google Cloud Print from the Desktop

Google Cloud Print, in its current form, has one major limitation - you can only send print jobs from an iPhone or an Android based mobile phone.

Won't it be useful if you could also send print jobs to your printer from any other remote desktop or laptop computer over the Internet using Google Cloud Print itself?

One option is that you create your own email based printing setup using Dropbox - it will work with printers that are attached to Windows, Mac or Linux machines and secondly, you can send print commands from any desktop or mobile device as long as it can send regular email.

Alternatively, you may change the default user-agent string of your desktop browser to Android and enjoy all the features of Google Cloud Print from the desktop itself.

Step 1. Copy-paste the following command in the Windows Run box to launch Chrome disguised as an Android phone (replace <username> with your Windows username). If you are a Firefox user, simply use the User Agent Switcher extension to change the agent of your browser to Android.

C:Users<username>AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe -user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-us; SPH-D700 Build/labnol) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17"

Now go to m.gmail.com in your browser, open any email message and choose Print. If you want to print documents, just send them to your Gmail inbox first and then to Cloud Print.

The steps listed about should be performed on the computer from where you wish to send print jobs to your Cloud Print enabled printer. It will work on all platforms as long as you can change the user-agent of your browser.

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