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Offline status My Brother 640CW printer has a status of offline on my computer. How do i bring it online?

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Re: Offline status

Under the control panel, click on the printer to bring up the print dialog. Go to printer at the top of page, drop down the menu and uncheck use printer off line. Should bring it on line.

Hope that helps

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Why the offline message

Check the status of the printer at Control Panel. Set it to online if it's shown as offline. If this doesn't fix the problem, check whether installing the vista driver available at your printer manufacturer's website helps.

Step 1:
a. Click Start, go to Control Panel and select Hardware and Sound.
b. Click Printer.
c. If the Printer is offline, it shows "Offline" status. If the Printer is online it shows "Ready".
d. If the Printer is offline, set it to online.
e. Right-click on the printer and select "Use Printer Online".
f. The display should change to ready when the printer is set to online.
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Depends on your OS you need find "printer and faxes" or "printer options on the hardware.

  • Open the Start menu and click on the "Devices and Printers" icon. This will open a window with a list of the printers currently set up on your computer.

  • Double-click on the icon of the printer you want to change to online. The status of the printer will be shown as either "Printer: Ready" or "Printer: Offline."

  • Click on "Printer: Offline" and the Printer menu will appear. Click on "Printer" in the menu bar and uncheck "Use Printer Offline." This action will change the printer from offline to online.

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Why is my printer offline

Try it...

Double check the connections and also check status from device manager.
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My printer says it is offline

To solve the problem, please see the following:

  • If the printer status is Offline:

    Check that the printer is online using the following steps:


    1. If the LCD screen is blank, then the Brother machine is not powerd on the machine to see if it wakes from sleep mode. If it does not, then verify that it is plugged into a working outlet and any power switches are turned to the ON position.
    2. Check the LCD screen for any error messages. An example would be "Paper Jam" or Ink/Toner Empty". If the LCD screen shows an error troubleshoot to clear the isssue indicated.


    NOTE : These steps or screens may differ depending on the operating system.
    1. For Windows® XP Users:
      Click Start => Printers and Faxes

      For Windows Vista® Users:
      Click Start => Control Panel => Hardware and Sound => Printers

      For Windows® 7 Users:
      Click Start => Devices and Printers

    2. For Windows® XP and Windows Vista® Users:
      Right click on the icon for your Brother machine and choose Use Printer Online.

      For Windows® 7 Users:
      Double click on the icon for your Brother machine => See what's printing => Printer => Use Printer Offline (Take the checkmark off.)

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My Brother HL-5250DN is shown as offline. I am using Windows 7 and a 64-bit machine.

Open the "Printers" window.
Click with the SECOND (usually the RIGHT) mouse-button on the printer.
Click to "go online" or "use online" or click to disable the "offline" status.

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My printer (MFC-490-CW)print status is offline change online

If you want to make it online, than make sure it is on and connected to your computer, Once you are sure about this than

Go to control panel than Printers and Faxes

There You need to right click on printer and than Use printer online

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Do you mean it says "offline" under the printer icon in your PC's printer dialog box?
Right click it , then select "use printer online".

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In Vista make sure you are logged in as a administrator whenever you make any changes.

And if not to bring the printer online you will have to right click on the printer icon and right click on Run as administrator> and then try bringing the printer online and checdk if it works.

And you can delete the Microsoft XPS Document writer it is a default printer icon installed if in case you did not have a printer installed you can store them to print later.
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Check the front control panel, and there should be a button that is labeled 'on line' or similar. Press it to bring the printer to an on line state.

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How to switch from "offline" status to "online" status


I had the same problem with a Brother MFC-6490CW AIO printer. Here is how I resolved it:

Open the printers folder.
Right-click on the Brother printer and display the Properties page
Select the Ports tab.

In my system (Vista Premium), the selected port was a WSD port (whatever that means). Further down the list, there was a TCP/IP port that was obviously created by the Brother installation software. I selected the Brother-created TCP/IP port (which deselected the WSD port), applied the changes, and suddenly my printer was online. No idea what the difference between these two ports is, but I'll stick with the TCP/IP port until further notice.

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