How to Share a Printer

Printer sharing is a very useful resource on your home or business network. Printer Sharing enables you to use a single printer over the network, i.e. from a number of computers. Many offices use the Sharing of Printers to make operation more economic.
I will show you simple steps to do this. Here are the things you must do to have that local Printer Shared on the Network:

  • First open the Control Panel and open the Printers and Faxes by double-clicking on the corresponding icon in Control Panel. Alternatively, you can click on Printers And Faxes on the Start Menu.
  • In the Printers And Faxes windows that has appeared, right click on the printer you want to share and click on Sharing. But make sure that you have enabled the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks on network card’s properties.
  • In the window that appears, click the Sharing tab and select the Radio-Button named ‘Share This Printer’. Assign a share name to the computer, say HP Printer and Printers; this is the name with which your printer will be known on the network. Click OK.
  • Now, assuming this computer do not have a local printer and would like to print a document. You can print a document from a shared printer, here is how:
    Go To:
    1. Control Panel

    2. Click on PRINTERS and OTHER HARDWARE

    3. Click on PRINTERS and FAXES

    5. Click on ADD A PRINTER

    6. The ADD A PRINTER WIZARD will then pop out, just click next

    7. Click on A NETWORK PRINTER or A PRINTER ATTACHED TO ANOTHER
    COMPUTER

    8. You can either let the computer browse for a printer available in the
    network or you can choose the second option if you know the name of the
    printer available in the network.