Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

At this point the printer is now share on your network. You should be able to browse from any pc on your work group and find this printer. Next I will show you how to install the printer on the other computers on the network.

To add this printer to a new machine, go to your Printers and Faxes folder again. This time we want to add a new printer, so click “Add a Printer”
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

You will see the welcome screen for the Add Printer Wizard, click next to continue.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

On the next screen select “A network attached printer or printer attached to another computer” and then hit the next button.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

Now select “Browse for printer” and click the next button.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

Now browse to the name of the computer that has the printer installed on it. (note: you can find the name by right clicking my computer and going to properties on the pc that has the printer on it. You then need to click on the computer name tab to get the full name and workgroup.) When you find the computer, click the plus sign to open up more options, then select the new printer you have shared. Click the next button.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

Choose if you want this printer to be your default printer. If it is the only printer you will be using on the computer you will want to choose yes otherwise you may want to choose no.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

On the last page click finish
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

Your new printer is now installed. I would print a test page to make sure your installation worked. In the Printers and Faxes windows right click on the newly installed printer and select properties.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

Now click the “Print Test Page” button.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

Click ok on the next screen.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

If your page prints, then you have successfully setup your network printer. If it didn’t print, you may want to go over this tutorial again. You can repeat the second part of this tutorial to add the shared printer to several computers if necessary.

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  • Jordan

    Sometimes you may have to install those Additional Drivers for other OS’s to install the printer. Also, some firewall settings will block the installations of those drivers from Remote Computers.

  • Hello, Thnak you very much for the tutorial “How to Share Printer”.

    But I think U just described the half portion of this tut not complete. My Question is “Once we apply settings for sharing, then what to do next”

  • Gregor

    I agree that this tutorial is not complete- I had the settings described and still cannot print from any other computer in my workgroup.
    What else needs to be done?