How to Connect Your Cricut to the Make the Cut Software

by Mindi OrthUpdated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • USB cable

  • Make the Cut software version prior to March, 2011

  • Make the Cut Cricut software plug-in

In April, 2010, rival software developer Provo Craft sued the software development company that manufactures the Make the Cut software. Due to the March, 2011 settlement between the two parties, the makers of Make the Cut no longer sells or supports the Cricut plug-in for their software. If you purchased the Make the Cut Cricut plug-in before the litigation, you can continue to use it with your Cricut paper-cutting machine. However, the installation of any new updates may render the software incompatible with your Cricut device. Law prohibits sharing the Cricut plug-in software with others.

Install the Make the Cut software on your computer if you have not already done so. Double-click the setup program, click to confirm that you agree to the terms of the license and then follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation. Versions downloaded after March, 2011 do not support Cricut machine compatibility.

Double-click the setup file for the Make the Cut Cricut plug-in and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.

Connect one end of a USB cable to your Cricut machine and connect the other end of the cable to a USB port on your computer. Then turn on your Cricut machine.

Open the Make the Cut software on your computer.


Save the older version of the Make the Cut software and the Cricut software plug-in to an external storage device. This protects the software in the event your computer’s hard drive fails because you can no longer download these products from the Make the Cut website.


About the Author

Mindi Orth began writing in 1996 as a technical writer for a consulting firm. She has experience in business documentation and has authored training and instructional materials. Orth holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baldwin-Wallace College.

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