Details of printer sharing in Windows® 7
What are the various ways to share printers in Windows® 7?
Printer sharing is the process by which you connect a printer to a computer network and all the users in this network will be able to take printouts in the shared printer. Windows 7 permits the use of shared printers. The user can attach a wireless enabled printer in a wireless network to print data from anywhere in the range of the wireless network. This allows the user to share a single printer and be free from the inconvenience of wires. Shared printers provides the user better cost effectiveness, effective use of the space available and more convenience. To share a printer you need to install the printer to any one of the computers in the network.
Benefits of sharing the printer and the instructions to share a printer are:
- Better use of space
- Add a printer
- Share the printer
Better use of space
It is very difficult to carry the printer to different computers to take a print and also since the printer is large, it can take up a lot of space on your office desk. A shared printer allows users, for example employees in an office, to effectively use the office space available. You can place the printer in a less important corner in the office and if all the computers are attached to a network on which the printer is shared, everybody can take printouts by sending commands directly from their computer and the printout will be generated in the printer.
Add a printer
To share a printer you need to first install the printer to any one of the computers in the network. Connect all the cables and provide the power options properly, then select “Control Panel” from the Start menu. In the Control Panel double-click on the icon “Hardware and Sound”. Then click on the icon “Printers”. On the right pane you will see “Add a printer” option, click on it follow the steps to add the printer to the computer.
After installing a printer to any one of the computers in the network, you can make the printer a shared one. For sharing the printer select “Control Panel” and then select the “Network and Internet” option. Then click on “Network and Sharing Center”. Now expand the “printer sharing” section and click on “Turn on printer sharing”. Now complete the sharing process by clicking on “Apply” and the printer will be shared with all the computers that are attached to the network.