Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

This tutorial will show you how to setup a printer to be shared by multiple computers on your home network. In this tutorial I will be using Microsoft Windows XP, but process should be very similar for other versions of Microsoft Windows.

Note: This tutorial assumes that the printer is already installed on a pc attached to your home network.

Open the Printers and Faxes window by clicking Start > Printers and Faxes.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

In the Printers and Faxes window, right click on your printer and go to properties.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

Now click on the Sharing tab at the top. Select the option for “Share this printer” and give the printer a name in the “Share name” field. Hit the ok button to apply the changes and exit.
Sharing a Printer on a Windows Network

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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?