Sharing a Printer on Windows® Vista®
What are the various methods to share a printer on Windows Vista system?
A printer is a device that helps in producing text or graphics of documents stored in electronic form, usually on physical print media such as paper or transparencies. A printer is primarily used as a local peripheral and is attached by a printer cable or a USB cable to a computer which serves as a document source. Printers with built-in network interfaces are called network printers, typically wireless or Ethernet based, and can serve as a hard copy device for any user connected to the network. Printers are designed to support both local and network connected users at the same time. A few advanced printers can directly interface with electronic media such as memory cards, or to devices such as digital cameras, scanners.
Need for sharing a printer, the benefits of printer sharing and provide ways to share a printer on Windows Vista are discussed below:
- Need for sharing
- Benefits of sharing
- Tips to share
Need for sharing
You can share a printer installed on a Windows Vista-based computer with other computers that are connected to your network or computer. Sharing a printer helps you and the other people of the connected network to make use of the same printer to give printouts.
Benefits of sharing
The major benefit of sharing a printer with other computers on the network is that, other computers can make use of the same printer for giving printouts and you do not need to buy one printer each for all your computers, and it saves a lot of your money. Sharing a printer on a network helps other computers on the network to directly give print tasks using an Internet connection and there is no need to use any removable media for the same purpose.
Tips to share
Click on 'Start', then 'Printers and Faxes', then right- click on the icon of the printer installed on your computer and select the 'Properties'. You can access the 'Sharing' tab and click 'Ok'. You can install this printer on each of your other computers on the network by opening 'Printers and Faxes' window, click on 'Add Printer' to bring up the printer installation wizard, then click on 'Next' and highlight the network printer option, click and browse for printer. Now click and select 'Next' and browse the computer where the printer resides and double-click the computer and highlight the printer before clicking 'Next' and 'Finish'.
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