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How To Turn Your Printer Into A Cloud Printer

How To Turn Your Printer Into A Cloud Printer

Google currently offers a cloud printer service through which anyone can make just about any printer accessible via the web. If you need be able to access a printer from anywhere on any of your devices, this post will tell you what needs to be done to get it set up. You will be able to print from anywhere in the world, and from any device that has an Internet connection.

Now, why would you be interested in a cloud printer? There could be occasions where the option to print from anywhere and from any device could come in handy; businesses, especially, could benefit from cloud-enabled printers. Let’s imagine you’re away from the office and you need to print a document for a co-worker. You can just pick up your smartphone and have it printed in the office thanks to the cloud.

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The fact that you can print directly via the Internet also means that you don’t even need to install potential software on your computer or your smartphone. You can just use your browser, which all computers and smartphones already have in the first place.

I could mention many other examples of why a cloud-enabled printer could be a good thing, but let’s keep it down to one example. You may very well end up in a situation one day where you wish you could just print a document or image via the cloud, but you don’t have your printer set up for it.

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Many newer model printers come standard with Google’s Cloud print built right in, and they’re capable of taking commands directly over a web connection. It’s really not that difficult to get one of the older printers connected, though. If the printer that you’re going to be using is not capable of accessing the Internet, what you’ll have to do is leave the computer it’s attached to running. That makes the printer connected to the internet via the computer, which is a requirement for this to work.

Before going any further, you should connect the printer to your main computer, the one you’ll be accessing it through. Consult your owner’s manual or your manufacturer’s support team whenever you need to, and particularly if you don’t know how to connect your computer to your printer.

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Step 1: Connection

The first step is basically to have the printer and computer connected. Once you’ve set the printer up so that it is recognized by your computer, you will then be able to add it to Cloud Print.

Step 2: Installation

The next step is to get Google Chrome installed if you don’t already have it. To bring up the list of devices on your computer that Chrome can currently work with go to the address bar and enter chrome://devices then click the Add Printer button that appears, making sure the printer you wish to connect is ticked. Note that you can also manage any of your printers from this same screen.

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Step 3: Access

From here, simply click the Manage button next to either printer that you see listed in order to add a new printing job, remove or rename a printer, or share your printer by assigning someone access to it.

Other Options

You can also print from your mobile devices as well; to do so, you’ll need to open the Cloud Print app on your Android device and the print option will appear. This option is not quite as simple, but you can still set the cloud print up so it prints from Google’s iOS apps. As an alternative, you can also use PrintCentral Pro. This setup will also work fine with Chromebooks.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

What Really Is Creativity?

Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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Creativity Is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

Start Connecting the Dots

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