How do I make my printer on Windows 7 share with my Apple computer?

ericdabomb48 asked on
I am having a problem with my shared printer from my Windows 7 machine to my Macbook Pro.
When I attempt to add the printer, nothing shows up, and I have no idea what to do to make it work. Any suggestions?
I got it to share to my Windows XP machine, but not my Mac PC's.
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LittleDevil501 replied on

Hello ericdabomb48,


A KB article has been published that gives great steps to set up the Windows Printer for sharing and then connect to it from the MAC. Try this, it worked great for me.


How to print to a Windows printer from a MAC


Hope this helps



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On the Windows 7 PC
1. In Windows 7 Control Panel
2. Select "Programs and Features" pane
3. Click "Turn Windows Features on or off"
4. Turn on the LPD protocol.
5. Ensure printer(s) are shared

On the Mac
1. Start Applications/Utilities/Printer Setup Utility
2. Hold down the "Option" key and click the "More Printers" button
3. From the top menu select "Advanced"
4. From the "Device:" field select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"
5. In the "Device URL:" lpd://PCName/PrinterShareName
6. Click the "Add" button

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Andre Da Costa
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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