Windows 7 shows printer offline

I thought I would share this in case it helped someone else.

Here’s the scenario:

I’m at home. I have a domain.  I’m using a company laptop, which is part of the company domain.  I’m trying to print to my printer at home, but the printer shows offline.  The laptop has Windows 7 on it.

The solution is pretty simple.  I just needed to authenticate to my server.  Trying to access a shared drive on the server prompts for credentials.  I entered them, then restarted the printer spooler on the laptop for good measure.  I could have just been impatient but the printer still showed offline and I was tired of waiting.

The printer then showed online and the print jobs printed.

Hope this helps someone.

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