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As more and more companies begin innovating the mobile marketplace with tablets, means to connect your every day life to your tablet become necessary. While most advertisements you see tout the WiFi and 3G connectivity of these devices, you rarely see mention of whether or not you can use a tablet to print documents. Thankfully you’re not left out in the cold as there are several ways you can employ to make sure you can get those web pages from your Tab’s screen to your printer wirelessly.
1. Using The Stock Application
By default, one of the reasons the Galaxy Tab trumps the iPad is its ability to wireless print natively. Your Tab should instantly recognize any printer you have set up on your network and then print the documents that you’ve specified, but some people have trouble printing certain documents, or the documents come out wrong. This is why there are many printing apps available on the Android Market, since they contain document renderers that allow you to rearrange the document before you print it. This is especially useful when printing pages of a web page.
2. Printing Wirelessly
If you have a wireless printer available in your home that is already incorporated into your wireless network, then you need the PrinterShare app by Mobile Dynamix. The app itself is free to download, but to use the features of the app; you’ll need to pay $12.95. While this may seem expensive, it grants you unlimited wireless printing from any device it is installed on, including any smartphones you may have.
PrinterShare makes it easy to print documents from Gmail and Google Docs, but it can also handle printing random webpages that are printer friendly. Since you most likely don’t want any wires holding you down while you’re using your Galaxy Tab, this is the best option available. Mobile Dynamix recommends that you download the app and attempt to print a test page before you buy the premium key, since the free app does include a few prints so you can determine whether or not your printer is compatible with the device.
There are other apps on the market designed to do the same thing that PrinterShare does, but none of them are as widely rated and have as many printer compatibility options available as PrinterShare.
3. Configuring Your Network & Printing Advice
If you don’t have your printer set up wirelessly already, you’ll need to put it on your network. This usually involves associating the printer with a computer on the network so that it can piggyback Internet access, but if you purchased a printer with a WiFi modem, this step won’t be necessary.
If your printer is set up but you don’t see it among the list of devices available within the PrinterShare app, then it may not be compatible with the Galaxy Tab. In this case, you’ll either need to try a different app in order to print, or possibly purchase one of the printers that is compatible with the PrinterShare application.
If you’re having problems with the documents you’re printing not coming out the right size, or they look distorted, then you’ll need to use a document renderer in order to get the pages exactly as you want them. Most printing apps include this feature, since the stock interface for printing with the Galaxy Tabdoesn’t. Rendering the document differently than it appears on the web is great for web pages that don’t have a printer friendly version and print differently than how you expect according to the layout.
If all else fails and you can’t get a web page to print, try copying the text you want and pasting it into a document, arranged the way you want it. Since web pages sometimes have trouble rendering if all you’re wanting is the text, this can be the quickest solution to getting the pages you want without the hassle of re-rendering the entire document.
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