To share your printer


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 (Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0) are located on the Support CD. Printer drivers for Windows NT 3.1 and Windows NT 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, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then 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 Windows domain 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.

Related Topics

Display links to common tasks in folders

Security permissions for printing

Choosing a printer name

Search for a printer

Set or remove permissions for a printer

© 2017 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Contact Us |Terms of Use |Trademarks |Privacy & Cookies