Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: How do I print in Windows 8 Modern UI Applications?

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012: How do I print in Windows 8 Modern UI Applications?

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It’s day 13 of our Launch Series and we are nearing the finish line.  Today we are going to look at ways to print from your Modern UI Apps.

So you have loaded Windows 8, and need to print from one of the new Modern Apps that have installed, but you do not see a ‘print’ icon, and there is no “File, Print, …” menu.  Windows 8 includes a new user interface that is designed to help users easily discover and install devices.  Print, Fax, and Scan devices are installed from the Settings or Devices charms:

Charms Bar with Devices and Settings



Adding Devices

To install a Printer using the Windows 8 Modern App style interface, do the following:

  1. Activate the Charms bar by swiping in from the right edge of a touch screen, pressing the Windows+C keys on the keyboard, or moving the mouse to the upper right corner of the display.
  2. Click or touch Settings, and then More PC Settings.
  3. Click or touch Devices, and then click or touch Add a device.
  4. Windows will scan the network for devices and display the list of printers that were found.  If the administrator has published printers to the active directory then they should show up at the top of the list.

Searching for Devices


5. Click or touch the device that you wish to install and it will be added to the list of devices. If the printer is using a Version 4 driver then no other user interaction is necessary to install the device.

Installed Printer


Printing from Windows 8 Modern Apps

Windows 8 has a new user interface for discovering and printing to print devices on a network.  A Modern App that runs in the Windows 8 interface may have a custom printing interface that is accessible via the application bar or it may provide a printing link similar to the Modern App style Internet Explorer application.

Additionally, the CTRL + P hotkey will activate the shell print dialog.

Note Not every Modern App will allow you to print from it.

To print a document from a Windows 8 Modern App, do the following:

1. Use the application user interface and select the Print option or use the CTRL + P hotkey to activate the Printing interface.

2. Choose a device to print to by clicking or touching the Print device icon:

Choosing a print device


3. A print preview and basic print settings are displayed. The document can be printed using the Print button:

Basic print settings


4. Clicking on More Settings will activate the advanced print settings dialog where page layout, paper and quality, and output options can be specified:

More settings


But now you’ve launched the Bing News app, and you are trying to print.  You do not see printers when you open the Charms and go to Devices.  You may see something like this:

No Printers


When you see this, it indicates that this app does not support printing, or that you have no printers installed.  We covered adding printers at the beginning of this blog, so we’ll take a guess that this app does not support printing.  What do you do from here?  Well, no need to worry.  Some Modern Apps do support opening the article in Internet Explorer, and you can then print the article from there.  To do this, you can right click in the article you are viewing, and see the following at the bottom of the screen:

View in Browser


Click on View in browser, and you can then print from Internet Explorer the same way we mentioned above.

The following apps installed with Windows 8 support printing from within the app:

  • Mail
  • Photos
  • News (only when viewing My News and use the open in browser method)
  • Bing Finance (when you use open in browser)
  • Maps

The following apps do not support printing from within the app:

  • Bing
  • Finance
  • Sports
  • Travel
  • Weather
  • Messaging
  • People
  • Calendar
  • SkyDrive

And there you have it, everything you need to know about printing in the new Windows 8 Modern App interface!  Thanks for reading!  We'll take a brief look at Windows PowerShell Web Access in tomorrow's post.

-AskPerf blog Team

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  • Charms bar screenshot is outdated.  It's called "Change PC Settings" now, not "More PC Settings."

  • The windows 8 print options - 'more settings' does not allow a person to get to the 'advanced options' where one can print a 'fast draft' quality.  How does one do that?

  • How do you 'print preview'?

  • Agree with Sam - "fast draft" does not seem to be an option ANYWHERE.

    How do I get to this page!?!?!

  • This didn't help me. I did my income taxes and saved a copy to my desktop. It shows up there and when I go to the charms menu and click it brings up the name of my printer and then the option to print and when I click on it I get a message that says my printer is not on. It is on because I printed a test page using notepad. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Any idea how to print a single page from a list of 15 pages without having to print everything?

  • I downloaded a copy of a receipt that I needed to my download file.  When I click on the name of my printer,  and click "Print", nothing happens.  What am I doing wrong?

  • Very helpful. Duh - control P - I was starting to panic over not being able to print emails.

  • When I try to print my jobs that I recieve from my company in a htf file it prints more than one job on each page, so for instance the first job sheet will be all of the information for that job and a few lines from the next job sheet, then the next one will be the fast of page 2 and part of page 3 and so on, I have tried altering margins and page end nothing works help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • this is useless info. I can't print a pdf! How stupid is that...a modern app that is used all over business and I can't print it easier than a DOC? Useless...

  • @Stark:  How is this useless?  Printing a .PDF should be able to be printed by following the steps above.  Not sure what your issue is however.

  • You ain't lying here!! Tis is retarded. This is supposed to be a modern OS and you can't even print from a pdf?!! My printer is installed (as it shows in Control Panel) and I can print from Word. But cannot print a pdf, print from a web site and if I sweep to open the charms bar, my printer does not show up in devices. Who was the genius behind this OS!?

  • @John   John you should be able to print PDF's with the built in modern apps provided for PDFs as long as your printer has a supported Version 4 driver that can be used.  If you can provide us the model of printer your using we can help check to see if there is a version 4 driver that can be used with it.

  • Where is draft or fast print? My Epson printer uses a lot of ink.

  • Can I get a Dell photo all-in-one printer 942 to print from windows 8