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Chapter 7. Printing and Faxing > Sharing a Network Printer

Sharing a Network Printer

If you have several computers connected over a network (see Chapter 17), they can share the same printer. Step 9 of the preceding section showed you how to use the Add Printer Wizard to set up a shared network printer, but that option isn’t available if you let Windows detect your Plug and Play printer automatically. Here’s how to set up a network printer manually.

To share a printer:

1.
At the computer attached to the printer to be shared, choose Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware > Printers and Faxes.

2.
Right-click a printer; choose Sharing.

3.
Select Share This Printer; then type a share name for the printer (Figure 7.13).

Figure 7.13. Type a short name without spaces or punctuation.


You can make up this name, but it has to be unique on the network.

4.
To share the printer with users using different Windows versions or computer hardware, click Additional Drivers; choose the environment and operating system for the other computers; then click OK (Figure 7.14).

Figure 7.14. You can install additional printer drivers on your system so that users running other Windows versions can connect to your printer without being prompted to install missing drivers.


5.
Click OK (or Apply).


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