You can share a printer with multiple computers on the network in Windows 10. To do this, you need to configure the shared settings for your printer, connect the device to the main PC with a USB cable or wirelessly, and turn it on. The System should be switched on and connected to both the network and the printer.
Note that when you share it, you need to make sure that settings are configured on your main PC and other systems as well. Also, make sure you know the name of the main PC. See the “Configure Sharing Settings” and “Find Computer Name” sections at the end of this post for more information.
Steps to Share the Printer in the Main Computer
There are a few methods to do this, as mentioned below. Also, note that you can edit the Share name of the printer if you need it. It is used when connecting from a different PC to it.
- Choose Start, click on Settings, navigate to Devices > Printers and Scanners.
- Select the printer you need to share, and click Manage.
- Click the Print Properties tab, and select the Sharing tab.
- Click Share this printer in the tab.
Using Control Panel
- In the search box of the taskbar, select the key in the Control Panel.
- Below Hardware and Sound, click View Devices and Prints.
- Right-click the device you need to share and click the Print Properties button.
- On the Sharing tab, click Share this printer.
Steps to connect a shared printer to another system
- Choose Start, click Settings, and go to Devices > Printers & Scanners.
- Click on Add a printer under it.
- Select the printer you need, and then click Add Device.
- In case you do not see it, click The printer that I want isn’t listed.
- In the Add Print dialog box, click Select a shared printer by name and enter the name of the main System and the name of the shared printer by the format \PCnameprintername.
- When Windows prompts you to install the printer driver, click Next to finish the installation.
Using Control Panel
- In the search box of the taskbar, type Control Panel and click it.
- Below Hardware and Sound, click View devices and printers, and then add a printer.
- Choose the printer you need, and then click Next. When Windows prompts, install the printer driver.
- If the printer you need doesn’t appear, click The printer I want is not listed.
- Enter Select a shared printer by name and enter the main PC name and share the name of the printer by the format \PCnameprintername in the dialog titled Add a computer.
- If you are prompted to install a printer driver, click Next to complete it.
Steps to Configure Sharing Settings
Default settings for sharing the printer are always allowed. If not, follow the steps below to activate the settings.
- Choose Start, select Setup, and go to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
- Click Change Advanced Sharing Options below Related Settings.
- In the Advanced Sharing Settings dialog, expand the section titled Private. Instead, below Network Discovery, press Switch to Network Discovery.
- Below File and Print Sharing, press Turn on File Sharing and Print Sharing.
Using Control Panel
- In the search box of the taskbar, type Control Panel and select it.
- Choose the Network and Internet and browse the Network and Sharing Center > Advanced Sharing Settings Change.
- Find and extend the segment named Private in its dialog box. Then, click the switch on network discovery below Network discovery.
- Below File and Print Sharing, choose Turn on File Sharing and Print Sharing.
Steps to Find the Name of the Computer
You would need the name of the main PC to connect a different computer to the printer installed in the former.
Steps to find the name of your Computer in Settings
- Tap the Windows button in the taskbar.
- The key in the name of the computer is in the search box.
- Then, select Show the name of your computer.
- Below the name of the unit, you’ll see that of the System.
Steps to Find Computer Name in Control Panel
- In the search box of the taskbar, choose the key in the Control Panel.
- Tap System and Security and switch to System> See the name of this computer.
- Below your computer name, you’ll see the same thing.
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