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How To / Setting Up Your Printer on a Network

For Users of Windows Me, 98, and 95

Setting up your printer as a shared printer
Accessing the printer through a network

This section tells you how to set up your printer so that other computers on a network can use it.

First, you need to set up the printer as a shared printer on the computer to which the printer is connected. Then, you must add the printer to each computer that will access it through the network.

Note:
This section describes how to use your printer as a shared printer on a network. To connect your printer directly to a network without setting it up as a shared printer, consult your network administrator.

Setting up your printer as a shared printer

To share a printer with other computers on a network, follow the steps below to configure the computer to which the printer is connected.

Click Start, point to Settings, then click Control Panel.

Double-click the Network icon.

Click File and Print Sharing.

Select the I want to be able to allow others to print to my printer(s) check box and click OK.

In the Network dialog box, click OK.

Note:
  • If a dialog box requesting the insertion of the Windows Me, 98 or 95 CD-ROM appears, insert the CD in the CD-ROM drive and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • If a dialog box requesting that you to restart your computer appears, do so. Then, open the Printers folder, and continue from step 7.

In the Control Panel, double-click the Printers icon.

Select the icon for your printer in the Printers folder, then click Sharing on the File menu.

Select Shared As, then type the printer information as required and click OK.


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Accessing the printer through a network

Before other computers on the network can use the shared printer, you add the printer to and install the printer software on each computer that will access it. You will need the printer software CD, so make sure you have it on hand and then follow the steps below.

Note:
Your printer must be set up as a shared resource on the computer to which it is directly connected before you can access it from another computer. For instructions, see Setting up your printer as a shared printer.

Click Start, point to Settings, and click Printers.

Double-click the Add Printer icon. The Add Printer Wizard opens.

Click Next.

Select Network printer, then click Next.

On the next screen, click Browse.

Double-click the icon of the computer that is directly connected to the printer. Then, click the icon for the appropriate printer.

Click OK and follow the on-screen instructions.


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