How To Share A USB Printer Over Your Network In Windows 10

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Windows 10 has made both big and small changes to how things are done in the OS. Many features continue to work much the same way they did in older versions of Windows but almost as many things have changed. If you previously used a USB printer, sharing it with everyone over your network was pretty easy. All you had to do was go to the Share tab in the printer’s properties and share it with everyone. The share tab is gone in Windows 10 and how you share a USB printer in Windows 10 has changed. Here’s how to find the share option for sharing a USB printer over your network in Windows 10.

Open the Control Panel app and go to Devices & Printers. Right-click the printer you want to share and select ‘See what’s printing’ from the context menu.

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This opens the printer’s jobs’ window where you can see all active and queued print jobs. Open the Printer menu and select Sharing. This opens the properties window for the printer and here you have a Share tab. Go to the Share tab and enable the ‘Share this printer’ option. You can enter a different name for the printer if you like. Click Apply and everyone on your network should now be able to send print jobs to the printer you just shared.

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This works for when you have multiple systems connected to the same WiFi network but are not necessarily part of the same home or work group. Why Microsoft chose to hide this little option like that is a mystery but rest assured if you don’t find an old setting, feature, or option in Windows 10, it’s not necessarily gone. It’s just moved.

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  • Sam Bisquit

    This has not worked for me. I have a WIndows 10 laptop PC with USB attached printer, and a Windows 7 laptop on the same network (the two PCs have WiFi but also are cabled into the same router). I can copy files between the two PCs, and the printer on the Windows 10 PC shows up as printer on my Windows 7 PC, however when I try to print the job appears on the printer queue on the Windows 7 PC but never shows up on the WIndows 10 PC? Sharing is enabled for this printer on the WIndows 10 PC and I can print OK on the WIndows 10 PC.

  • Phydeux

    It’s not hidden, its in the same place it’s always been. The only difference is, Printer Properties is now in the middle of the context menu when you right-click the printer in Control Panel / Devices and Printers.

    Don’t be fooled by the “Properties” at the bottom of the context menu, that’s the hardware properties menu from the Device Manager. Stupid that they put both on the same menu.

  • FB363

    Amaayzing.

    So, to share the printer, forget about Homegroup, forget about “File and Printer Sharing” in “Advanced Sharing Settings”. Noooooo, you have to go to “See What’s Printing”, on your printer menu! Of COURSE! What could be more intuitive. Remind me, have I sold my MSFT stock yet

  • Trish Sutter Pmp

    does not work. My other Windows 10 PCs cant find the printer anymore.