How to Set Up a Shared Network Printer in Windows 7, 8, or 10

Posted on September 3, 2016. Filed under: Everything, printing, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tags: , , , , , , |

HowToGeek has a post: Over the years, Windows has gotten much better about how it handles networked printers. But if you want to share a printer over the network, you may still need to do a little legwork to get it all up and running. Here’s how it all works.

Source: How to Set Up a Shared Network Printer in Windows 7, 8, or 10

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iPad: The Missing Printing Manual

Posted on April 1, 2014. Filed under: Apple, printing | Tags: , , |

ZDNet has iPad: The Missing Printing Manual.

This covers the AirPrint feature and how to print from your iPad.

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Printing from Tablet PCs Made Easy

Posted on March 4, 2013. Filed under: Android, printing | Tags: , , , , , | has Printing from Tablet PCs Made Easy.

Some pay, some free options.

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PrinterShare® prints from smartphones, more

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Phones, printing | Tags: , , , , , , |

PrinterShare® allows you to print it anytime, anywhere.

Install this on your smartphone, pad, etc. and on the PC with a printer, and print to it.

Basic free version and more extensive pay versions.

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Making big posters

Posted on October 12, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, printing | Tags: , , , , , |

Sometimes you just have to say it big… on a big poster.  But who has a giant printer to make them?

Who needs a giant printer?  All you need is a way to blow up whatever you want on the poster, and print it in blocks that fit the paper for the printer you already have.


Posteriza is a FREE online service that features:

  • No installation required. No weird files on your system
  • Use any Windows printer
  • Use any paper supported by your printer. Any size. (A4, A3, Folio, Letter, etc)
  • Posters can be any size you want. Using this program you can ever cover an entire whole wall of of your house!
  • Use any font installed in your system for text
  • Use any photograph as background. Supported formats are BMP, JPEG, PNG, EMF and GIF. Uou can even use just part of a photo!
  • Choose predefined type and color for the frame


An old friend of this blogger is shareware (try before you pay) “for making BIG posters, signs, banners, certificates, and murals, printing them up to 100×100 feet. POSTER combines the best features of graphics, word processing and desktop publishing packages together with special features for printing large posters or banners. All text and graphics are enlarged and printed over multiple pages.”

POSTER is distributed as shareware: you can download it and try it for free, but you are limited to printing 10 posters or banners. POSTER registration costs only $18 , and removes the 10 poster/banner limit, provides support and upgrades for a year, and gets you a disk with the latest version of Poster and a set of 100 fancy borders.

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PrintWhatYouLike lets you do just that

Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: printing | Tags: , , , , , , |

“Ever print a web page only to find your printout is full of ads, empty space and other junk you don’t want? PrintWhatYouLike is a free web page editor that gives you control of how web pages look when printed.”

Enter a web page URL and get a printable page back without ads, widgets and other stuff. Or use the Bookmarklet. Free service, still beta testing.

This could be very useful for sites with lots of ads, or a distracting background.

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Labels and more using autofillPDF-Labels

Posted on November 4, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, printing | Tags: , , , , |

autofillPDF-Labels 1.0 has “free, fillable PDF label templates for U.S. letter-size label sheets. Fill in your information in one field and watch as your information automatically fills all label fields within that sheet! All you need to do is download and open up a template, fill a label field and hit the Tab button on your keyboard! Print your labels in an instant.

A complete collection of “Basic Formating” templates for address, shipping, mailing, CD labels as well as file folder, round, name badge, business card and all popular Avery labels sizes are available – among many more choices! PDF is an ISO International Standard: ISO 32000-1.”

4 types of Auto Fill “Basic Formating” templates for labels and business cards available:

  • A) Autofill all label cells with the same information in seconds.
  • B) For Shipping/Mailing labels, autofill information for FROM and TO – excellent for multiple shipments to one address.
  • C) For Shipping/Mailing labels, autofill information for FROM & insert manually different information for TO
  • D) Autofill image insert and text for popular size labels and business cards,
  • Also, templates for manually inserting different information into each label cell
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PDF Pad – when you still have to put it on paper

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, printing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PDF Pad is a site to download printable documents for specialized purposes:

No registration, no obligation.

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Disketch CD Label for discs and cases for CDs and DVDs

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, printing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disketch CD Label Software “is a free CD and DVD disc labeling software for Windows. It allows you to create CD and DVD disc labels as well as cover images for CD and DVD jewel cases. You can import your own art work, or set a simple background colors and organize artist information along with track lists.”

For Windows 98/2000/XP/2003/Vista.  Use at your own risk.

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DataCD from JASMSoftware for printing CD inserts

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

DataCD (zip), from JASMSoftware – Free Downloads on ZDNet | Shareware, Trialware, Evaluation Software.

This is offered for “when you decide to create labels for all your CDs. With DataCD you will be able to print simple CD jewel case labels (Back & Front Cover, Slim CD Front Cover, Pocket Slim CD Front Cover, SuperDisk 120mb, NeatO [68646] NeatO [68645]). This is the ideal software if you decide to create personalized labels for your CDs. This version is the first release on CNET”

Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.

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Not quite paperless programs

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, printing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a list of their top 10 Printable Productivity Tools which allow you to use paper more effectively,  when you can’t avoid using it.

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Networking printers

Posted on May 20, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, networking, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

For those with a home or office network (NOT the campus network):

First, remember that you have to install the printer driver for that specific printer on whatever computer you are trying to print from, even if there is already a printer driver installed on the computer it is connected directly to.

Internet Fixes has instructions on mapping a network printer in XP.

Vista is another animal, of course. The official Microsoft instructions are here. Try them first.

Last ditch solution in getting a printer on an XP computer on the network to print from a Vista computer on that same network (no guarantees but works for some people):

  1. On Vista PC go to Control Panel
  2. Select Printers
  3. Select Add printer
  4. Click Add a local printer (which doesn’t sound right, but seems to help)
  5. Click Create a new port
  6. Click Local Port
  7. Click Next
  8. Enter a port name in the box, in this format: \\PC name\Printer namewhere “PC name” is the network name of the XP PC or Network Share where you have the printer and “Printer name” is the network name of that printer.

    Check on your XP computer under Control Panel > Printers and faxes > the specific printer > right click and select share > enter the share resources name

  9. Choose the manufacturer and printer model of the printer you are adding.
  10. Now the printer should be added. Print a test page.
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Unprinting a bad print job in XP

Posted on March 22, 2008. Filed under: Help, printing, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Internet Fixes has instructions on how to get rid of that print job that won’t let anything else print.  (This is also a great site for all sorts of help on problems.)

If the printer was not turned on, or it jammed, or one of a number of other problems cropped up, Windows XP may just keep insisting on trying to print that one bad job, and not allow anything else to go through. Sometimes web pages may have a stray code that fools the printer and causes it to flake out.

You can see the print job in the queue by going to Start | Printers And Faxes and double-clicking the appropriate printer. While the queue lists Printing as the status, the job never prints, and other print jobs begin to stack up behind it.

If you cancel the jammed print job, the Status column indicates that you’ve deleted it. However, it never completes the delete operation, and the jammed print job remains right where it is. Frustrating, right?

When you encounter a jammed print job, your first instinct may be to reboot the system, which may flush the jammed print job from the queue, or at least give you a chance to delete it when it boots up again. But there’s an easier way.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel, and double-click Administrative Tools.
  2. Double-click Services.
  3. Scroll through the list of running services, and select the Print Spooler service.
  4. Click the Stop Service button on the toolbar.
  5. 5. After waiting a moment, click the Start button on the toolbar.
  6. 6. Close Services, and close Administrative Tools.

When you return to the print queue, the jammed print job should no longer be there. If it is, you should now be able to delete it normally. Keep in mind that you may have to manually update the queue by selecting Refresh from the View menu.

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Inkjet cartridges on the cheaper side

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Buying, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

Inkjet ink costs more than gasoline, but it doesn’t make the headlines as often.

Review: the Cheapest Inkjet Cartridges Sites from Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert newsletter has places to get your cartridges cheaply.

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