Share a Windows 7 Printer



How to Share a Printer

Steps

Windows 7 and 8

  1. Open the Control Panel.You can access the Control Panel in Windows 7 by clicking the Start menu and selecting Control Panel. In Windows 8, pressWin+Xand select Control Panel from the menu.
  2. Open the Network and Sharing Center.If your Control Panel is in Category view, click "Network and Internet", and then select "Network and Sharing Center".Click on "Network and Internet". If your Control Panel is in Icon view, click the "Network and Sharing Center" icon.
  3. Click the "Change advanced sharing settings" link.This is located in the left navigation pane of the Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Enable "File and printer sharing".Toggle this on to allow other devices to connect to your printer. This will also allow you to .
  5. Toggle the password protection.You can decide whether or not you want to enable password protection for your printer. If it is turned on, only users who have a user account on your computer will be able to access the printer.
    • You can toggle password protection in the "All Networks" section.

Windows Vista

  1. Open the Control Panel.You can access the Control Panel in Windows Vista by clicking the Start menu and selecting Control Panel.
  2. Open the Network and Sharing Center.If your Control Panel is in Category view, click "Network and Internet", and then select "Network and Sharing Center".Click on "Network and Internet". If your Control Panel is in Icon view, click the "Network and Sharing Center" icon.
  3. Enable printer sharing.Expand the "Printer Sharing" field and toggle printer sharing on. You can decide whether or not you want to enable password protection for your printer. If it is turned on, only users who have a user account on your computer will be able to access the printer.

Windows XP

Mac OS X

  1. Turn on printer sharing.Open "System Preferences". This can be accessed by clicking the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the menu bar. Look for the "Internet & Network" or "Internet & Wireless" section, and click the Sharing option. Check the "Printer Sharing" box in the left frame of the Sharing window.
    • If your printer has a scanner too, check the "Scanner Sharing" box as well.
  1. Add a network printer in Windows Vista, 7, and 8.Open the Control Panel and select "Devices and Printers". Click the "Add a printer" button at the top of the window. Wait for the scan to complete, and the printer should appear in the list of available printers. Select it and click Next to add it to your computer.
    • If the printer you are looking for cannot be found, click "The printer that I want isn't listed". You can then manually connect to the printer by entering the printer's network name.
  2. Add a network printer in Windows XP.Open the Control Panel and select Printers and Faxes. Look for the "Printer Tasks" section and click the "Add a printer" option. This will open the "Add Printer Wizard". Select the "A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer".
    • The quickest way to connect to a network printer is to enter in the network address for it. This means you will need to know the computer name and the printer name. Enter in the address using the following syntax:\computername\printername.
    • You can also browse for available printers, though this method is not as reliable as simply entering the name of the printer.

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