Printer and File Sharing
The main purpose of a network is to share information. Knowing how to share and when to protect information is key to successfully managing files in the network environment.
The files we share may contain information we only want to be viewed not changed in any way. We already covered the file properties such as read only.
We want to make certain when giving access to information that the proper properties or permissions are assigned to the folder or file. Right clicking on a file or folder will allow us to set those permissions or change them at anytime.
To share a printer we must choose the sharing option under properties. There are several ways to do this. The first is to go to Start, Settings, Printers. The second way is to go to the Control Panel and choose the Printers shortcut icon.
We can also right-click or double-click to open my computer, to take us to the Printers folder The following screens will walk you through the adding a shared printer process.
The screen you see will show all the printers available to you or installed. If your printer is there then right click properties for that printer to open the sharing dialog.
If the printer you wish to print to, is not listed there are several ways to add it to your printing options.
One method is to use the CTRL + P and bring up the printer screen and tab thru the printer choices to see if your printer is listed there and make sure you are printing to the correct printer.
This is the tab next to the properties tab, notice the location of the printer and the printer name is listed, as well as the port.
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