How to share a printer with other computers from your network

In this short tutorial I will show you how to share your local printer with other computers from your network. As you will see, the procedure that needs to be followed is very simple and easy to understand.


Click on Start and then on Printers. If Printers is missing from the Start Menu, then click on Control Panel.

Share Printer

When you are in the Control Panel window, click on the Printer link, as shown below.

Share Printer

In the Printers window you will see all the installed printers (local and network printers). Right-click on the local printer you want to share with others and select Sharing. If this option is missing, click on Properties.

Share Printer

In the Properties window, go to the Sharing tab. Here, click on ‘Change sharing options’. If UAC is enabled, you will have to click on Continue.

Share Printer

Now, in the Sharing tab, check the option that says ‘Share this printer’ and click on OK.

Share Printer

In the Printers window you will now see a small sharing sign near your printer.

Share Printer

Related articles:
How to install a local printer
How to install a network printer
How to share files and folders
How to enable network discovery and file sharing

5 Replies to “How to share a printer with other computers from your network

  1. help
    I have a brother laser printer and although I have the original installation CD with all drivers, Vista does want to cooperate with me. I can’t understand why… The drivers are for Vista only, but when I try to install them, I get a hardware conflict error or something like that.

  2. I have followed these steps,
    I have followed these steps, and when I get into the sharing tab, and click chage sharing options, I doesn’t let me click on the share this printer check box!!! Anyone have a solution to this????

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