Internet Explorer Printing Problems

By John Rapp

If you're having trouble printing from Internet Explorer, you are not alone. The good news is that printing errors are usually fixed with minimal effort. The following tips are applicable to anyone using Microsoft Windows. See the References section for help printing with Internet Explorer under different operating systems.

Printing Error: The Printer Cannot Be Found

This is one of the most common printing errors experienced when attempting to print something from Internet Explorer. If your computer is not able to locate your printer, it usually means the printer driver is damaged and you will want to remove and reinstall your printer's driver.

Reinstalling Your Printer Driver

Using Microsoft Windows, click on the "Start" menu, then click on the "Control Panel." Once you have opened the Control Panel, click on "Add or Remove Programs."

Navigate to the "Install/Uninstall" tab and look for your particular printer. Click on your printer and then click on "Add/Remove" and follow the steps to successfully remove your printer. If you can't find your printer on the list, don't worry.

Close the Add/Remove window and navigate back to the Control Panel. Click on "Printers and Faxes" and look for your printer. Right-click on your printer and then click "Delete." Double-click on the "Add Printer" icon, or click on "File" and "Add Printer." This begins the Add Printer Wizard.

From here all you need to do is click on "Next" and follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall your printer driver. If you have more than one printer installed, make sure to go back and repeat these steps until you have successfully removed and reinstalled all of your printers.

Trouble Printing Web Pages

If you're having trouble printing web pages using Internet Explorer, it may be caused by improper Unicode settings. To check on your Unicode settings, click "View" on the top menu bar of Internet Explorer and then click on "Encoding."

To use the proper Unicode settings, simply click to select the Unicode encoding language. Make sure there's a large bullet point next to the Unicode encoding language, and then restart your Internet Explorer browser and try printing again.