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Hey TSG,

I got a new laptop for Christmas, and was wondering how I would go about being able to print with it. Obviously, I am going to need a printer, but I don't believe my printer is connected to my network.

It's been a while since I setup my printer (which is connected to my desktop computer), so I'm wondering if it really is as simple as plugging my printer into my wireless router and sharing it on the network using my dekstop computer. This way I could see it under "shared printers" or something on my laptop, and use it to print whatever.

And as a side issue, if anyone knows of some free word processing software that will do until I can get my hands on Word, I would appreciate some suggestions.

Thanks to everyone in advanced, and I hope you all had an amazing Christmas.

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Also, I wasn't exactly sure which section of the site this should be listed under, so please move if it's in the wrong spot. It was between this and networking. :D
 

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And as a side issue, if anyone knows of some free word processing software that will do until I can get my hands on Word, I would appreciate some suggestions.
OpenOffice Is the best free one out there today.

If your printer is just a plain old run of the mill printer you can just share it out on the desktop computer then on the laptop click the start orb / device and printers / Add a Printer / Add a Network Printer and let it search for the printer. Select the printer and click next. It should ask if you trust this printer, click install drivers. Now your desktop in a basic print server.
 

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Alright, cool. Thanks so much for all your help guys.

I will definitely be checking out that Open Office program. What file type are files saved as?

Also, marking this thread as "Solved" because I think I got my answer (at least to the printer issue and a free word processing software). :D
 

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Looked around in the program for myself to figure out what file types documents can be saved as.

But there isn't any .docx or .wps -- is there a "codec" or something that I would be able to download in order to view and save files in these formats?
 

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I'm running office 2010 and it reads the file format OpenOffice saves. So if your worried that if you eventually get MS Office and that it can't read the extension, don't. It can.
 

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I'm actually worried about what to do if I need to save a document in one of these formats, but am unable to. (Ex. If I need to send a professor a paper, attach a file to TechGuy, etc.)
 

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I'm actually worried about what to do if I need to save a document in one of these formats, but am unable to. (Ex. If I need to send a professor a paper, attach a file to TechGuy, etc.)
Like I said, MS office will read the extensions. So if you need to send a professor a paper or attach a file to TSG it shouldn't be an issue.
 

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Ah, sorry. Mid-workout and I keep coming back to check my computer. Mind isn't working at full speed. :D

Perhaps I meant reading such files (.docx, .wps)?
 
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