Applies to: MS Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.
While printing any Outlook message, you may get frustrated, as you cannot print only selected pages or only the first page of the message. Most of the Outlook users are dissatisfied with Outlook due to this disability and lacking printing options. The basic reason for this disability is that the printing engine of Outlook does not support selection of pages for printing. Let us have a look at the printing issues that users face while printing any message of Outlook 2003 and later versions.
Printing issues in Outlook 2003 and earlier versions: HTML formatted messages in Outlook 2003 and earlier versions use Internet Explorer’s printing engine. However, Internet Explorer’s printing engine provides more printing options, but the problem remains same as selection of pages for printing is still not possible.
Printing issues in Outlook 2007: Outlook 2007 supports View in Browser and offers all printing capabilities for Web page. Moreover, printing of selected pages or text is also possible. But the only problem is that it does not include the header information of the email.
Try out following solutions to solve printing issue with Outlook:
Outlook 2003 and earlier versions: Convert the message to HTML if it is Rich Text or Plain Text. To perform this action, go to Edit, select Edit Message, then Format and then HTML. Once the message is converted to HTML, print it using the normal methods.
Outlook 2003 and earlier versions, when using Word as the email editor: Click Forward then print the message. Close the message after printing. You can also use View in Browser in older versions and can print the message from the browser.
Outlook 2007: Open the message in its own window, and follow these steps:
This way selected pages or text can be printed very easily in Outlook 2003 and earlier versions and Outlook 2007. By using above mentioned solutions, you can meet you printing needs and can control the way messages are printed.
Printing issues in Outlook 2010: The Outlook 2010 prints the message, but the message header is not presented correctly. The header is disorganized and whole message looks bad on the page.
Solution: The header gets disorganized due to mis arrangement of message in the printing page. You should open the message in the browser. Click the view option in browser, then print the message without the header. You can also choose the print selection option and select only the required part.
Printing issues in Outlook 2013: You may face the printing issues in Outlook 2013 like the Outlook may not print the message after installing it on Windows 10. All the remaining applications of MS Office suite are working fine, but the Outlook is not able to print the message or a different error message:
Cannot print unless an item is selected. Select an item, and then try to print again.
Solution: You can apply different methods to rectify the problems for Outlook 2013. Here is the first method.
Method – 1. Run the Outlook application in safe mode by running this command in Run option.
Method -2. Outlook puts its print settings in a unique Outlprnt file. If this file is either missing or facing a corruption, then you need to rebuild it by following the steps –
Printing Issues in Outlook 2016: If you are unable to print I Outlook 2016 at Windows 10, then many users have to face the same problem that they are unable to print in Outlook. Whenever you give the print command, it shows the message that printer is not ready. But the printer is in ready state. Then you need to troubleshoot to remove the problem.
Method -1. Follow the steps –
Method -2. There is a spooling service which manage the printing services. You can restart the service to clear the file. Here is its process –
Method – 3
If you are using the Windows 10 and the status of printer is Offline, and it is unable to communicate with the computer, then you can run some basic troubleshooting steps –