My wife is a Windows programmer so I let it slide that she uses a Windows computer at home since she is the breadwinner of the house. Today she wanted to know if she could print to the printer on my Mac over the network. I figured there was probably some software that would help but was surprised to find out just how easy it would be:

Sharing your Mac Printer to your network:

If you use a Mac it is very easy to share your printer to any other Mac on your Network. Simply go to System Preferences -> Sharing and click the check box for Printer Sharing.

Sharing Mac Printer to Network
Sharing Mac Printer to Network

Using Bonjour Printer so a Windows computer can Print to a Mac Printer

If you want to also share your printer to a Windows computer on the Network you just need to install a Free program from Apple called Bonjour Printer and voila you are ready to rock and roll:

About Bonjour Print Services for Windows v2.0.2
Bonjour Print Services for Windows lets you discover and configure Bonjour-enabled printers from your Windows computer using the Bonjour Printer Wizard.

After you install the Bonjour Printer app on the Windows machine there is a quick wizard setup where you select the printer on the network that you want to print to. This is really easy but then I remembered that we were using an Apple program so that made sense.

My wife opened the doc in Google Docs, selected Print, selected the Networked Printer and BAM the future was here now.

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Roger has been building websites since 1996 and had drunk the kool aid when it comes to living and breathing online culture. After spending time at Godaddy selling domain names and hosting he dabbled in telecom selling CDN services for Limelight Networks and Level 3. In 2009 he realized the best way he could help businesses was to start his own focused on building websites, getting traffic to visit, become customers, and then service them more effeciently. He obsesses over content strategy, ad testing, page load speed, online services, support efficiency, and where to go on vacation. He lives in Phoenix, AZ with his beautiful wife, Kate, and two dogs: Bonzai and Zeke. He wants to know about your business and how to help you get more customers and service the ones you have even better. Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn