How to Enable File and Printer Sharing (Windows Vista)

By Doug Lowe

Your computer acts as a server that shares files and printers. Here, you find out how to enable file and printer sharing in Windows Vista. Follow these steps:

1Choose Start→Network.

This step opens the Network folder.

2Click the Network and Sharing Center button on the toolbar.

This step opens the Network and Sharing Center.

3Click the down arrow to the right of File Sharing in the Sharing and Discovery section.

This step reveals the controls that enable you to activate file sharing.

4Select the Turn on File Sharing option and then click Apply.

This file sharing feature is activated.

5Select the Printer Sharing option.

This step reveals the controls that enable you to activate printer sharing.

6Select the Turn on Printer Sharing option and then click Apply.

This file sharing feature is activated.

7Close the Network and Sharing Center folder.

You’re done; you can now share your files and printers.