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How to find the share name and path to a network printer

Sometimes you need to find the name and network location of a shared printer so you can copy a file to it or connect a locally installed printer driver to it.

Network printer names are a combination of the name of the server (computer) they're attached to and the "share" name of the printer (the name an administrator gave the printer when it was created and shared). The name looks like this:


For example, we have an HP LaserJet 4V named LJ4V shared from a server called Boss. The printer's network name is:


Here's how you can learn the network names of the printers on your network:

Try PowerPoint or another app

Sometimes the network printer name appears in the Print dialog when you print from an application. If so, it's very easy to find:

If nothing appears there, click Find Printers and see if you can browse to the printer you want.

Use System Info

Note: you can also start System Info using Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information

Use the NET command

Sometimes the simplest, fastest way is to use good ol' DOS:

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How to find the share name and path to a network printer
Last update 07 June, 2011