Share Printer with computer operating on Windows® 7
What is the requirement of sharing printer with computer operating on Windows 7?
If you have a printer attached to your computer, you can share it with anyone on the same network. It does not matter what type of printer it is and directly attached with a universal serial bus cable or other type of printer cable. Whoever you choose to share, the printer will be able to use it to print, provided they could locate your computer on the network. In Windows 7, sharing a printer on a wireless network is now easier than ever. Using printer sharing can save you money because all you need is one printer and all the computers on your network could print to that one printer. In order to share a printer with other computers you will need at least two computers one should be running Microsoft Windows 7, and a printer.
The tips to share printer with computer operating on Windows 7 are:
- Connect other computers to HomeGroup
- Share the printer with the network
- Tips to share the printer
Connect other computers to HomeGroup
You need to click on 'Start' and then click on 'Control Panel' and click on 'Choose homegroup and sharing' options on your computer. A message "Windows has detected another homegroup on your network" will appear. With a homegroup, you can share printer with other computers running Windows 7. Click 'Join now' button, type a password then click 'Finish'. Connect to 'Your Shared Printer', from networked computer, the one that does not have the printer directly attached to it, you should be able to find your shared printer by going to 'Start' and click on 'Devices and Printers' then select shared printer.
Share the printer with the network
Open the 'Device and Printers' panel. Select the printer you want to share, right click on it then select 'Printer properties'. Then you will see a window with all the printer properties. Depending on the model of your printer, and its drivers, you can see different sets of options. Go to the 'Sharing' tab then select any checkbox that says 'Share this printer'. Then, you can edit the printer share name, which in most cases is by default completed by Windows with the name of your printer model.
Sharing a printer over a network with Windows 7 computers is very easy. Also the HomeGroup features provide some extra help to make things simpler than ever before in the Windows world. Printers that are directly connected to the network rather than attached to a computer are available to anyone on the same network. Sharing a printer that is attached directly to the computer is different than setting up a printer that is attached directly to the network using a print server.
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