How to Share Your Printer in Windows 7

January 20, 2014

It may be a necessity and at the same time fun to share a single printer for all your printing needs. On your home group in Windows 7 or on it you can allow your family members or friends to share a single printer of yours to print beautiful banners, logos, or documents etc. Such an advantage it is that you or your family members can print from inside their rooms or from the hall or from anywhere the printer is accessible to them. To be able to get you started with printer sharing in your Windows 7 computer here is the set of instructions designed for you.

Step1: Enable File & Printer Sharing

To be able to share your printer you must first turn on the file and printer sharing feature in Windows 7. To do so click, the “Start” button and type “Network and Sharing Center” in the Start Search field. As you type it, you will see “Network and Sharing Center” in search results above. Right click “Network and Sharing Center” and then click “Run as administrator”. In the “Network and Sharing Center” window, click “Change advanced sharing settings” in the left hand pane. On the “Advanced sharing settings” screen, expand your home or work profile by clicking this chevron icon (). Under “File and printer sharing”, select the button beside “Turn on file and printer sharing” and then click the “Save Changes” button. Exit all the windows now.



Step 2: Start Sharing Your Printer

Now that the file and printer sharing feature is enabled, you can begin to share your printer. To do so, click the “Start” button and point to “Devices and Printers”. You will now see the printers and other devices installed on your Windows 7 computer. Now right click the printer you want to share and then click “Properties”. In the “Printer Properties” window, click the “Sharing” tab and then check the box beside “Share this printer”. In the “Share name” box, make sure that the name of your printer appears. Now click the “Apply” button and then “OK” to save changes and exit the properties window of your printer.

P.S. To be able to access the shared printer from the other computer, make sure that you connect to your home network on it (the computer), check the “Printers” box, and then click “Install Printer”. Follow rest of the on-screen instructions and then install the printer to start printing.

Step 3: Install the Printer

If you haven’t added your printer to your Windows 7 computer to do printer sharing, then from the “Devices and Printers” window (Step 2), click the “Add a printer” button and then follow rest of the on-screen prompts. When the printer is successfully installed, follow the instructions given in Step 2. You can then begin to share and access printer on your computers as well connected to your home network.

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