Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course
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Share Printers on Your Local Network

Many inexpensive printers connect to a Mac using USB. If you have more than one Mac in your home or small office that needs access to a USB-connected printer, you may be able to use features built into OS X to share it across your local network. Alternatively, third-party software lets iOS devices print to shared printers too.

Configure Printer Sharing

Before you can share a printer, it must appear in the Printers & Scanners pane of System Preferences, which means you must configure it in the usual way for the Mac to which it’s directly connected. Once you’ve done that:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, select the printer in the list on the left, and select Share This Printer on the Network .
    **①** Check the box beneath the printer description to share it on your network.
    Check the box beneath the printer description to share it on your network.

    Repeat as necessary to share more printers.

  2. Go to System Preferences > Sharing and select Printer Sharing in the list on the left.

    All the printers you added in Step 1 should appear in the Printers list; to stop sharing a printer, deselect its checkbox.

  3. To restrict access to a printer, select it, click the plus button, and select a user.

    Repeat to add more users; only those people will be able to print to the shared printer.

Use an AirPrint Enabler

While Printer Sharing is great for other Macs on your networks, it won’t let iOS devices use the shared printers. For that you’ll need a third-party app called an AirPrint enabler that runs on your Mac and makes your printers appear on the network just as though they had AirPrint built in. Examples:

Access a Shared Printer

**②** When you tap Print in an iOS app with Printopia enabled on a local Mac, you see not only shared printers but also apps and folders to which you can send PDF files.
When you tap Print in an iOS app with Printopia enabled on a local Mac, you see not only shared printers but also apps and folders to which you can send PDF files.
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