How do you network a printer?


Quick Answer

To network a printer in Windows 7, install it locally via the Devices and Printers section, and add it to the network by selecting it from the list of available printers. Finally, enable printer sharing from the Advanced Sharing Settings section that can be accessed via the Control Panel.

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  1. Install the printer locally

    Connect the printer to your computer. Click on the Start button, and select the Devices and Printers option. Click on the Add a Printer button, and select the Add a Local Printer option. Click on the Use an Existing Port button, and select the desired port from the drop-down menu. If you have the CD or DVD that contains the printer’s drivers, insert it, and follow the installation wizard instructions to complete the process. Alternatively, click on the Windows Update button to download and install the drivers automatically.

  2. Add the printer to the network

    From the Devices and Printers settings window, click on Add a Printer, and select the Add a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer option. Select the printer you installed earlier, and click on Next. Follow the wizard’s instruction to complete the process.

  3. Enable printer sharing

    Click on Start, and select the Control Panel option. Click on the Network and Internet link, click on Network and Sharing Center, and select the Change Advanced Sharing Settings option. Click on the Turn On File and Printer Sharing option, and click on Save Changes. Click Yes if the UAC prompt pops up.

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