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13.4. Printer Sharing

Mac OS X 10.2 restores a beloved Mac OS 9 feature that disappeared during the dark and stormy 10.0 and 10.1 era: USB printer sharing. It's for people (or offices) with more than one Mac, connected as a network (Chapter 12), who'd rather not buy a separate printer for each machine. Instead, you connect the printer to one main Mac, flip a couple of software switches, and then boom: The other Macs on the network can send their printouts to the printer without actually being attached to it—even wirelessly, if they're on an AirPort network.

Setting up printer sharing is easy. On the Mac with the printer, open the Sharing panel of System Preferences. Turn on Printer Sharing.


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