How to Share Printers in Windows 7, 8, and 10

Previously we have discussed about computer network yes. With a computer network, every computer on a network can share information, including the use of a printer.

Got a new job that needs a printer all the time? But unfortunately in the office there is only one printer that is used for groups. If you use bluetooth, the file sharing process will take a very long time.

Then how can we print via our own PC and the process is fast?

The answer is using Sharing Printer come on guys. But, what is Sharing Printer?

Sharing Printer

Sharing Printer

Printer sharing is a way of connecting one printer to several computers that are connected in a network.

By using the printer sharing method, you only need one printer to be used in a crowd. No need to use OTG for printing or anything else.

Well, you already know the printer sharing method. This time the author wants to tell you how to share a printer on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

How to Share Printers to Other Computers

How to Share Printers to Other PCs

How to Share Printers to Other PCs

The main thing that must be considered when doing the printer sharing method is to make sure the computer and printer to be connected must be in the same network.

If the computer and printer are already on the same network, then you just have to set the PC that was previously connected to the printer to share the printer with other PCs.

The following are the settings for sharing a printer that is already connected to another PC. Do this on a PC device that is already connected to the printer.

  • At first, you open the Control Panel first. Use combination Windows + R to open Run, then type “control panel“. Press the button Enter.
Open Control Panel

Open Control Panel

  • After the Control Panel display opens, we must first activate the File and printer sharing feature. How do you select the menu “Network and Internet” on the Control Panel home screen.
Select Network and Internet

Select Network and Internet

  • Once open, you select the menu “Network and Sharing Center“.
Select Network and Sharing Center

Select Network and Sharing Center

  • Then you select “Change advanced sharing settings“.
Change advanced sharing settings

Change advanced sharing settings

  • If the display already appears, you must activate “Turn on network discovery” and “Turn on file and printer sharing“. By activating this feature, other users can use files or printers that you have shared.
Checklist on Multiple Options

Checklist on Multiple Options

Next go to the optional step. You don’t have to do this step, but we recommend you to do this one step.

You have to disable the Password Protected Sharing feature. Why should it be disabled? Because this feature makes the PC that will connect to the printer must enter your PC login password.

So, for example, your PC has a login password, then every other PC that wants to use the Sharing Printer must enter your PC login password.

  • On the same display as before, there is a menu “All Networks“. You select the menu.
Select All Networks

Select All Networks

  • Scroll down until you find the Password protected sharing menu. Select the option “Turn off password protected sharing“. Don’t forget to select “Save Changes” to save the settings.
Turn off the Password Protected Sharing feature

Turn off the Password Protected Sharing feature

Next we have to set the settings to share the printer with other PCs. This step is still done on a PC that is already connected to the printer. Here are the steps.

  • Reopen Control Panel. Then in the Hardware and Sound, choose “View Devices and Printers“.
Select View Devices and Printers

Select View Devices and Printers

  • A variety of devices will appear connected to your PC including printers. Right-click on the Printer you want to share, then select “Printer properties“.
Select Printer Properties

Select Printer Properties

  • On the Printer Properties menu, you select the tab “Sharing“. Check the “Share this Printer“, then “OK“. Before pressing the OK button, you can also change the printer name first.
Share Printer

Share Printer

Well, now the printer can be shared with other PCs connected to the same network. Here’s how to access a previously shared printer.

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How to Access a Shared Printer

In order for other PCs to access the shared printer, you have to make some settings on the PC that wants to access the printer.

  • All you have to do is activate “Turn on network discovery” and “Turn on file and printer sharing“. Only those settings are changed, then select “Save Changes“.
Set PC

Set PC

  • Next you open File Explorer (Can use key combination Windows + E). If the File Explorer view appears, select “Network“.
  • The name of the PC connected to the network will appear. Select the PC that was already connected to the printer. Make sure the PC is actually connected to the printer.
Select Connected PC

Select Connected PC

  • The way to see the PC that is connected to the printer is when you open the PC file, you will see the file and the shared printer. Right click on the printer, then you select “Connect“. Wait until the connecting process is complete.
Select Connect

Select Connect

  • If the connecting process is complete, then you can now use the shared printer to print various documents.
Printer Connected Successfully

Printer Connected Successfully

That’s how to share printers to other PCs, guys. How? Very easy right? Have you tried it yet? Or is there a problem you are facing?

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Is it the PC or the printer that’s broken? How come ‘Windows cannot connect to the printer’ all the time?

Wow, those are definitely the words you said when you tried to connect the way Sharing Printer to your PC but it keeps failing.

Windows cannot connect to the printer Error 0x00000002That’s one of the problems you usually experience when trying to access a shared printer.

It must be really annoying, I’ve tried to connect to the printer many times, but still can’t connect either.

So how do you solve this problem?

Calm down guys, we also want to tell you how to solve problems that often occur, one of which is a PC that doesn’t want to connect to the printer.

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How to Solve PC Won’t Connect to Printer

To overcome a PC that does not want to connect to the printer, you can do the following steps.

  • At first, you click the menu “Start“, then type “Services“. The Services menu will appear, click the menu.
Open Services

Open Services

  • When the Services view comes out, you look for the menu “Print Spooler“.
  • Double click on the menu “Print Spooler“, then the settings window will appear “Print Spooler“.
Find the Print Spooler Menu

Find the Print Spooler Menu

  • In section “Startup type“, make sure to select the option “Automatic“. Next, look at the “Service Status“, there is the word “Running“. Click the option “Stop” to stop the Print Spooler process.
Stop Print Spooler

Stop Print Spooler

  • After a while, you can press the “Start” to run it again. After that you can press the button “OK”.
Rerun Print Spooler

Rerun Print Spooler

After doing the steps above, now you can try to reconnect the PC to the shared printer.

If your PC still can’t connect to the printer, maybe your PC needs to install the printer driver so that it can be connected.

That’s how to solve a PC that can’t connect to the printer. If there are other problems you encounter when trying to connect your PC to the printer, you can write them in the comments column.

Conclusion

That’s how to share a printer so that it can be used as a group. How? It’s really easy, guys.

Besides being more cost-effective, using printer sharing also makes it easier to work. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends!

Bonus: How to Print Back and forth in Microsoft Word

Maybe you are used to printing on one page, yes, but it turns out that you support destroying the environment.

Loh, how can that be?

Because when you print using one page and the file you print is a lot, it will require a lot of paper too.

So, to overcome this, why don’t you try printing back and forth, guys? In addition to being more efficient, of course reducing paper usage, right?

Do you know how to print back and forth in Microsoft Word? If you don’t know, let’s check the following method.

  • First you have to pay attention that your printer already supports the “Duplex“. This Duplex feature allows you to print back and forth.
Already Supports Duplex Features

Already Supports Duplex Features

  • If your printer already supports the Duplex feature, then you just have to print as usual. It’s just that when you enter Printer settings, you select the option “Print on both sides“.
Automatic Print

Automatic Print

  • Then your printouts will be printed on both sides, both the front and the back.

Of course it’s an automatic way, guys. So what if your printer doesn’t have the “Duplex” feature? Don’t worry, there is a way to manually print back and forth.

  • The first step you have to do is print the document as usual.
  • Then when you enter the Printer settings menu, you select the option “Manually Print on Both Sides“. If so, print as usual.
Manual Print

Manual Print

  • After the print process is complete, the printer will ask you to re-insert the outgoing paper. Before loading the paper, turn the paper over to print on the back.

How are you guys? It’s a bit complicated if you print back and forth manually. Therefore, we recommend that when you want to buy a printer, look for a printer that supports this feature Duplex.

That way, you can print back and forth automatically without the need to re-enter the paper that has been printed.

Well, by printing back and forth, you can reduce excessive paper usage and reduce environmental damage.

If you want to know more about how to print back and forth, you can immediately read the Smart Tips article entitled “How to Print Back and forth in Microsoft Word“.

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