Updated: Monday, 15 July, 2019
If you have a network where multiple devices and operating systems are used, you may not be able to use Homegroup to share the network easily. In such situations, you need to share your folders and devices using different procedures. For example, sharing a printer with the network involves a different and longer set of steps. This is how it works in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:
NOTE: Sharing a printer works the same way in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Therefore, for simplicity's sake, in this tutorial, we will use screenshots taken only in Windows 10. Some images may be slightly different versions of Windows, but the essential is the same.
First, open the Devices and Printers panel. There you will see a list with all the external devices installed on your PC. Go to the Printers section and select the printer you want to share.
Right-click or keep it pressed and then go to Printer Properties in the right-click menu. If you have a multifunction printer that also works as a fax, scanner or both, you may have to choose which of your properties you want to select. Select the properties of the printer. In my case, I use a Canon Pixma MG2400 printer that works just like a printer, so I only had one option: printer properties.
The Printer Properties window opens. Depending on the printer model and its drivers, you will see different tabs and options.
There are a couple of methods to do this, as mentioned below. Also keep in mind that in case you need it, you can edit the name Share of the printer. It is used when connecting to it from a different PC.
Using the Control Panel