I have a laser printer in a lan with other computers and I want to be the only one able to print with this printer. I want to stop the print share function of Windows, but I do NOT want to stop the file and print share service. My roommates waste a lot of my toner and I want to be able to control what is being printed (they will hand me the pdf and I will print). How do I stop the other computers from detecting my printer and start printing?


The printer is connected with USB to my computer

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    If you want to be the only want with access to the printer then disconnect it from the network. – Ramhound Jan 8 '15 at 16:49
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    Is this printer connected to your computer and shared via Windows? Or is it a network printer connected via Ethernet? – CharlieRB Jan 8 '15 at 17:12

Assuming the printer is connected to your PC and shared from there, then just stop sharing the printer.

Start -> Devices and Printers -> Right-click the printer -> "Printer Properties" -> Share tab -> Un-check "Share this printer".

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