Thursday, 5 May 2016

ERROR Connecting to a Shared Printer

I kept getting an error when I tried to connect to a shared printer. The solution i found is to add the shared printer as a local printer and set the port to the network share.

1. Control Panel/Devices and Printers/Add a Printer
2. Select 'The printer I want isn't listed'
3. Select 'Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings'
4. Select 'Creat a New Port' / Local Port
5. Enter the network share as the port name \\<Network Computer Name>\<Printer Share Name> or \\<IP Address>\<Printer Share Name>
6. Select your printer from the list of available printers

If your printer is not listed the best solution is to download and install the drivers from the printer manufacturers support website. You can, however, try a generic driver.

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