Learn how to make a local printer accessible to other devices on your network in Windows 11

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This article outlines methods for sharing a local printer on a Windows 11 network, allowing print access without direct physical connections. The shared printer function requires an administrator with enabled file and printer sharing on a PC that must remain on. Sharing can be done through the Windows Settings app, the Devices and Printers folder,…

This article explains how to share a local printer and make it accessible to other devices on a network in Windows 11.

Windows lets you share a local printer installed on a PC and make it accessible to other devices, even if it isn’t directly connected to the network.

This means you can print documents from any device connected to the network without a physical connection to the printer. With printer sharing, you can save money on buying multiple printers for each device, making printing more convenient and efficient for everyone in your network.

This money-saving technique works only if the PC the printer is connected to is on and available. While your computer is turned off (shut down) or goes into standby (sleep/hibernate), the shared printer connected to your computer will be unavailable to other computers.

You must be an administrator to share a printer. File and printer sharing must also be enabled on the device sharing the printer.

Share a printer in the Windows Settings app

There are multiple ways to share a local printer in Windows. The Settings app in Windows 11 allows you to do it easily.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Bluetooth & devices button on the left.

Windows 11 Bluetooth and devices settings page

Select the Printers & scanners tile under ‘Bluetooth & devices ‘on the right to expand it.

Next, select the printer you want to share with others on your network to open its properties page.

Windows 11 printer properties page

Then, select the ‘Printer properties‘ tile to expand it.

Select the “Sharing” tab on the Printer properties window, then click the “Change Sharing Options” button.

Next, check the box “Share this printer.” You can change the printer’s name in the “Share name” field.

Click the OK button when you’re done and save your change.

The printer should be available to others on your network. Close the Settings app when you’re done.

Sharing printer using the Devices and Printers folder

Another way to share your printer with others is to use the Devices and Printers folder.

First, open the Devices and Printers folder.

Then, right-click on the printer you want to share and select “Printer properties” on the context menu.

Next, change the “Change Sharing Options” on the Sharing tab

Sharing printer from devices and printers sharing options

Check the box next to “Share this printer” to share the printer with others on your network.

Click the OK button when you’re done.

Share a local printer via PowerShell

Users can also use Windows PowerShell to share a local printer with others on a network.

First, open the Windows Terminal app as administrator and select the PowerShell tab.

Then, run the command below to list available printers on your device.

Get-Printer | Format-List Name,ShareName,Shared

The command should output the lines below.

Name      : Canon TS300 series
ShareName :
Shared    : False

Name      : Microsoft Print to PDF
ShareName :
Shared    : False

Using the printer name, run the command below to share the printer.

Set-Printer -Name "Printer name" -Shared $True

Substitute the “Printer name” with the name of your printer on your Windows device.

Example:

Set-Printer -Name "Canon TS300 series" -Shared $True

Run the command below to share a printer and specify a shared name.

Set-Printer -Name "Canon TS300 series" -Shared $True -ShareName "New Shard Name"

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to share a local printer with others on a network in Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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