Open Printers and Faxes.
- Right-click the printer you want to share, and then click Sharing.
- The options you see on the Sharing tab differ depending on whether sharing is enabled on your computer. For instructions on what to do next, click the option that describes what you see on the Sharing tab.
I see text stating that printer sharing must be turned on
- You need to enable printer sharing by running the Network Setup Wizard. Start it by clicking the link on the Sharing tab, and then follow the instructions. Once sharing is enabled, begin this procedure again.
I see options for sharing or not sharing the printer
- On the Sharing tab, click Share this printer and then type a share name for the shared printer.
- If you share the printer with users on different hardware or different operating systems, click Additional Drivers. Click the environment and operating system for the other computers, and then click OK to install the additional drivers.
Drivers for users running other versions of
Windows( Windows95, Windows98, or WindowsNT 4.0) are located on the Support CD. Printer drivers for WindowsNT 3.1 and WindowsNT 3.5 are not included.
- Click OK, or, if you have installed additional drivers, click Close.
To open Printers and Faxes, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Printers and Faxes.
- You can also share a printer in Printers and Faxes by clicking the printer you want to share, and then clicking Share this printer under Tasks on the left side of the window. This option is available only if folders are set to look like a Web page and a printer is selected.
For more information, click Related Topics.
- Printers are not shared by default when you install them on
Windows XP Home Edition, but you can choose to share any printer you install on your computer.
- When you publish a printer in Active Directory, other users logged onto the
Windowsdomain will be able to search for the printer based on its location and features such as how many pages it prints per minute and whether color printing is supported.