How to Share a Network Printer in Mac OS X Snow Leopard - dummies

How to Share a Network Printer in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

By Mark L. Chambers

Sharing your printer with other users is one of the best reasons to have a network. Setting up your Mac to share your printer is very easy under Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to do:

  1. Open System Preferences from the Dock.


  2. Click the Sharing icon under Internet & Network.

    The Sharing Preferences pane opens.


  3. Click the Printer Sharing check box to enable it.

    By default, when you turn on Printer Sharing, Snow Leopard automatically shares all the current printers connected to your Mac. To select which printers can be used for shared printing, click the Print & Fax icon in System Preferences. From this pane, you can enable and disable sharing on individual printers.

After Printer Sharing is enabled, follow these steps to connect to that printer from other computers on your network:

  1. Click System Preferences in the Dock.

  2. Click the Print & Fax icon.

  3. Click the Add button (which carries a plus sign).

    You might be prompted to add a printer automatically when the Printer Setup Utility opens. Click the Add button to begin the addition.

  4. From the Browser window that opens, click the Default button on the toolbar.

    Choose the printer.
    Choose the printer.
  5. Click the shared printer you want to use and then click the Add button.

Already have the Printer Browser open? Then follow the easier path: Clicking the Default toolbar button displays all the available local shared printers. Click the desired printer and then click Add.