How to Share a Printer through a Windows 8 Homegroup

If you’ve turned on the Homegroups, Windows 8 makes sharing a printer extraordinarily easy. After you plug a USB printer into one of your Windows 8 PCs, you’re set: Windows automatically recognizes the newly plugged-in printer as soon as it’s turned on.

Plus, your Windows 8 PC quickly spreads the news to all your networked Windows PCs. Within minutes, that printer’s name and icon appear on all of those PCs and in all their programs’ print menus.

To make sure, here’s how to see that printer on your other networked Windows PCs:

  • Windows 8: Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner and choose Control Panel from the pop-up menu. From the Control Panel’s Hardware and Sound category, click View Devices and Printers. The networked printer appears in the Printers section.

  • Windows 7: Click the Start button and choose Devices and Printers. The networked printer appears in the Printers and Faxes section.

  • Windows Vista: Click the Start button, choose Control Panel, and open the Hardware and Sound category. Click Printers to see the printer’s icon.

  • Windows XP: Click the Start button, choose Control Panel, and open the Printers and Hardware category. Click Printers and Faxes to see the new printer’s icon.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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