5 ways to share a printer

5 ways to share a printer
5 ways to share a printer
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Sharing printers on a network has long been a nightmare for home network administrators due to the different operating systems running on computers. Compatibility issues were rife. Fortunately, this is a thing of the past! Today, we won't say that sharing printers is a piece of cake, in any case, it is much easier to set up. This is particularly true in Windows 7, 8 and Mac OS X. In this article, we will see how to plug a shared printer into a network and how to get computers on the network to access the printer.

Steps

Method 1 of 5: In Windows 7 and 8

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Step 1. Install the printer drivers

In order to share a printer, the drivers must be installed on the computer to which the printer is connected. Today's printers connect with a USB cable, so installation is done automatically.

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Step 2. Open Control Panel

The control panel is accessible in Windows 7 from the Start menu. In Windows 8, press ⊞ Win + X and choose Control Panel from the menu.

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Step 3. Open the Network and Sharing Center

If the control panel is in Category mode, click Network and Internet, then choose the network and sharing center. Finally click on Network and Internet. If the control panel is in Small icons or Large icons mode, click the Network and Sharing Center.

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Step 4. Click the Change advanced sharing settings link

It is located in the bluish left frame of the network and sharing center.

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Step 5. Open the profile to edit

You will have the choice between three possibilities: Private, Guest or public and All networks. On a home network, expand the section Private.

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Step 6. Enable File and Printer Sharing

Toggle the switch to On to allow connected devices to use the printer. At the same time, you can share files and folders between different computers on the network.

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Step 7. Change the password protection

It is up to you to decide, depending on your security requirements, whether or not you put a password to access the printer. If protection is set, only those who have a user account will be able to access the printer.

  • The password is activated in the section All networks.
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Step 8. Share the printer

Now that file and printer sharing is enabled, you need to enable single printer sharing. To do this, return to the control panel and go to the Devices and Printers section. Right-click on the printer you want to share, and then click Printer properties. Then click on the Share tab and check the box Share this printer.

Method 2 of 5: In Windows Vista

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Step 1. Install the printer drivers

In order to share a printer, the drivers must be installed on the computer to which the printer is connected. Today's printers connect with a USB cable, so installation is done automatically.

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Step 2. Open Control Panel

The control panel is accessible, in Windows Vista, from the Start menu.

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Step 3. Open the Network and Sharing Center

If the control panel is in Category mode, click Network and Internet, then choose the network and sharing center. Finally click on Network and Internet. If the control panel is in Small icons or Large icons mode, click directly on the Network and Sharing Center.

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Step 4. Enable printer sharing

Expand the Printer Sharing field, and then toggle the Sharing switch to On. It is up to you to decide, depending on your security requirements, whether or not you put a password to access the printer. If protection is set, only those who have a user account will be able to access the printer.

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Step 5. Share the printer

Now that file and printer sharing is enabled, you need to enable single printer sharing. To do this, return to the control panel and go to the Devices and Printers section. Right-click on the printer you want to share, and then click Printer properties. Click on the Share tab and check the box Share this printer.

Method 3 of 5: In Windows XP

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Step 1. Install the printer drivers

In order to share a printer, the drivers must be installed on the computer to which the printer is connected. In XP, not all printers install automatically. In some cases, you may need to use the installer that came with the printer.

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Step 2. Enable printer sharing

Before you can share the printer with others, you must enable the sharing function. To do this, go to the Start menu, then select My Network Places. Right-click on the active network connection, then select Properties. Click on the General tab and check the box File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

You will be asked to restart the computer for the changes to take effect

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Step 3. Share your printer

Open Control Panel from the Start menu. Select Printers and Faxes. Right-click on the printer that will be shared, then click Share. Click on Share this printer. Give this printer a name so that it can be identified on the network.

Method 4 of 5: In Mac OS X

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Step 1. Install the printer drivers

In order to share a printer, they must be installed on the computer to which the printer is connected. Today's printers connect automatically when you plug them into a Mac computer. However, you may need to manually install older printers.

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Step 2. Enable printer sharing

Open System Preferences … from the Apple menu located at the top left of the menu bar. Locate the Internet and network or Internet and wireless part, then click the Share icon. In the new window, in the left frame, check the box Sharing printers.

  • If your printer is also a scanner, also check the box Sharing scanners.
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Step 3. Share a printer

Once sharing is activated, click on the icon Printers and scanners from the system preferences menu. In the left frame, click on the printer you want to share. If the latter does not appear, it is surely that it is not installed correctly. Do some checking. Check the box Share the printer on the network.

  • If it has a scanner, check the box Share the scanner on the network.

Method 5 of 5: Connect to a shared printer

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Step 1. Add a network printer in Windows Vista, 7 and 8

Open the control panel, then choose Devices and Printers. Click on the button Add a printer located at the top of the window. Wait a few moments, the time for the computer to list the connected printers, yours should appear. Select it, then click Next for it to be taken into account by your computer.

  • If you don't see your printer listed, click on the bottom The printer I want is not listed. From there, you can manually connect to the printer by entering the printer's network name.
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Step 2. Add a network printer in Windows XP

Open the control panel, then select Printers and Faxes. Locate the section Choose a task… and click on Add a printer. The Add Printer wizard opens: then check A network printer or a printer connected to another computer.

  • The fastest way to connect to a network printer is to enter its network address. First of all, you need to know the names of the computer and the printer. To enter the address, you must type the following string: \ computer_name \ printer_name.
  • It is of course possible to search for an available printer, although this method is less reliable than entering the name of the printer.
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Step 3. Add a network printer in Mac OS X

Open System Preferences … from the Apple menu. Click on the icon Printers and scanners. In the window that appears, at the bottom of the left frame (which lists the printers), click on the small + sign. The window that opens automatically detects all the shared printers on the network. Choose the one you want, then click Add

Advice

  • It is better to create a private network than a public network. Indeed, you will have more control in terms of sharing, since the different operating systems grant more sharing rights to a private network than to a public network, security obliges!
  • If you are working in a sensitive area or want to protect your network, it is good to have an extra layer of protection. Enable printer protection. Anyone who wants to connect to the host computer will have to show "white paw" by indicating his username and password.
  • Some printers are wireless (integrated card). At this point, the printer must be physically connected to the router via a USB cable, and if everything is correctly configured, this printer will be shared. If you connect your printer directly to the router, and if you are the one who set up the router, then you will have no trouble addressing the printer. These shared wireless printers will be available from any computer on the network.

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