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How To Share a Star Micronics Printer on a Windows PC

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This document explains how to configure the sharing feature on a Windows PC. The feature allows you to share a Star printer that is connected to one computer and share it with another Windows PC.

Supported Printers: All Star Micronics thermal and impact printers support this feature

Supported Interfaces: All interfaces

Supported Environments: Windows operating system versions 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 both 32/64-bit systems are supported

Setting up the share on the printer’s local computer

Left click on the start button.


Scroll down and left click on windows system.

Left click on Control Panel.

Left click on View devices and printers.

Right click on the printer’s icon.

Left click on “Printer properties”.

Left click on the “Sharing” tab.

Place a check mark next to “Share this printer”. While the default name is shown below, any name can be used.

First left click on “Apply” and then “ok”

You will now notice the printers image has the share icon located above “Star” confirming that the printer is being shared.

Installing the shared printer on a different computer

Open devices and printers the same as part 1 and left click on “Add a printer”.


Windows will automatically search for available printers, so the printer may appear under the list of discovered printers. If so, you would select the printer and then click on next, a window will open and will state connecting to “printers name” on “name of computer” and you would then skip to step 9. The printers name is from step 8 of part 1 of this document and name of computer can be found in steps 5-7 this section.


If the computer does not detect the printer automatically you will need to left click on “the printer that I want isn’t listed”.

Left click to select the option to “Select a shared printer by name” and then left click on “Browse”.


Select the name of the computer that the printer is physically connected to.


If you know the name of the computer skip to step #8. To find out the name of the computer on windows 10 open control panel and click on “system and security”


Then select “view amount of ram and processor speed”. You will then see the computers name under the section labeled “Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings”


Left click on the printer and then left click on “Select”.


Now the text box should be auto filled with “\\ Computers name\ Printers name” and you will left click on “Next”.


Left click on “Next”.


Left click on “Finish”.


This icon confirms that the printer has been shared successfully to the new computer.

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