How do I print from my laptop to my desktop printer?

Posted on 2008-11-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
How do I print from my company laptop to my home desktop attached printer?
Question by:lanrookie
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    You need to put the laptop onto a LAN with the desktop, share the printer from your desktop, make sure the desktop and laptop are on the same workgroup, and add the newly-networked printer in the Control Panel.  If needed, I can provide step-by-step directions.

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    The problem is that they are not on the same workgroup.  I do not want to change the settings on my work laptop.  I am not even certain I can change the settings.  I really want to ensure I do not change something that will stop me from getting on the network at work.
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    In that case, you can specify your desktop by its IP address.

    Author Comment

    Sounds good!  Can you give me the steps to make it happen?
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    The first thing you want to do is share the printer.  To do so, click Start, and go the Control Panel.  If you are in Category View, click on Printers and Other Hardware, and then View Installed Printers.  If you are in Classic View, double-click Printers and Faxes.

    Right-click on your printer, and select Sharing.  Put a tick next to 'Share this printer', and click OK.

    Now, you will need to get this computer's IP address.  The quickest way to do this is to click Start, select Run, and type:

    ipconfig | find "Address"

    Write down or remember this address.  For the sake of discussion, I will use the address

    Now, go to the laptop, click Start, select Run, and type:


    Remember to use your computer's actual address here.  You should see the printer listed; right-click it and select 'Connect to this printer'.

    You should now be able to use your desktop's printer from your laptop.

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