Printing documents

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Keiana B.
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We know sometimes there’s nothing better than referring to a physical copy of someone’s work. When others upload documents to our library and make them available for download, they also give you the ability to print their creations!

What can I print?

Any document that you’re able to download directly as a file to your computer or device is content that you can print. Content provided by publishing partners for Scribd’s subscription service is not available for direct download.

You can print:

  • Documents made available for download by their uploader

You cannot print:

How do I know if a document can be downloaded?

If a document is available for download directly, you’ll see a “Download” button located below the document’s description and information while viewing it on the Scribd website. If the “Download” button is not present, the document is not available for direct download. For additional details on why a document may not be available for download, check out our article on Using Scribd offline.

How do I download and print a document?

Some documents may require an active subscription with Scribd to download. We’ll check your account and the document to request your payment, if necessary.

The steps to download and print a document differ slightly depending on the device you’re using, which is why we’ve included detailed steps for each method below.

Using a desktop web browser

  1. Sign in to your Scribd account on the Scribd website
  2. View the document you want to download
  3. Click on the “Download” button located in the upper-left of the page below the document’s description
  4. Select the file format for your download from the drop-down menu (if applicable)
  5. Click on the “Download Document” button
  6. A banner will appear that states “Your download has started”
  7. Locate and open the downloaded document on your computer using your preferred reader software
  8. Print your document (refer to your reader software’s guide for printing directions)

Using a mobile web browser

You must use the Scribd website to download a document directly to your mobile device; downloading a document using the Scribd app will not download the document’s file directly to your device.

  1. Sign in to your Scribd account on the Scribd website using your mobile web browser
  2. View the document you want to download
  3. Tap on the “Download” button located in the upper-left of your screen below the document’s description
  4. Select the file format for your download from the drop-down menu (if applicable)
  5. Tap on the “Download document” button

From here, your next steps will vary depending on the operating system (OS) of your mobile device:

iOS 

  1. A new tab will open in your mobile browser that contains the document
  2. Select the “Share” icon (Rounded square with an upward pointing arrow) at the bottom center of your device’s screen
  3. Choose your preferred method of downloading the file to your device (ex. “Save to Files”)
  4. Print the saved file using your preferred mobile printing app (refer to your printing app’s guide for printing instructions)

Android OS

  1. A pop-up will appear when your download has finished
  2. Select the popup to access its local file, or go to the “Downloads” app on your device and open the file from there
  3. Print the saved file using your preferred mobile printing app (refer to your printing app’s guide for printing instructions)

If you have any other questions about downloading and printing documents from our library, or need help determining if a document can be downloaded, just let our Scribd Support team know. We’re always happy to assist!

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