This article describes how to set up a shared network printer and how to
connect to the shared printer using Point and Print.
NOTE: This article assumes that the Microsoft Client for Microsoft
Networks and the file and printer sharing service are installed on all
computers on which you want to use Point and Print.
Setting Up the Shared Printer
- Connect the new printer to the computer.
- Click the Start button, point to Settings, click Printers, and then
double-click Add Printer.
- Follow the instructions in the Add Printer Wizard to set the printer
up as a local printer. Specify the printer as the default printer
for this computer. Note that this affects only local print jobs from
- When you are done setting up the printer, use the right mouse button
to click the new printer icon in the Printers window, and then click
Sharing on the menu that appears.
- On the Sharing tab, click the Shared As option.
- In the Share Name box, type a name for the shared printer. In the
Comments box, type any comments about the shared printer.
- Click OK.
Connecting to the Shared Printer
- Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
Move the Printers window to one side of the screen and leave it
- Double-click Network Neighborhood on the desktop. Find the computer
that is sharing the network printer, and then double-click that
- Drag the shared printer icon from the Windows Explorer window to
the Printers window you opened in step 1. The Add Printer Wizard
gathers as much information as it can from the remote computer and
prompts you for any additional information. The printer drivers for
the printer are copied from the remote computer to your computer. Be
sure to print a test page.
Note that there are three alternate methods for connecting to the shared
- After step 2, use the right mouse button to click the shared printer
icon, and then click Install on the menu that appears.
- Double-click the shared printer icon. Windows 95 prompts you to
install the printer.
- In Network Neighborhood, drag a document file to the shared printer
icon. This installs the printer and prints the document.
The local computer inherits printer settings (such as paper size, memory
amount, page orientation, and so on) from the remote computer. These
settings can be changed and are retained on the local computer.
Article ID: 141839 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
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