How to Share Files and Folders in Windows 10

Last Updated on May 29, 2019 by admin

Need to share files and folders with another user or a computer is a pretty easy task. Usually sharing is done to collaborate with the team, to share pics, documents with family members. Windows 10 facilitates this task by offering a very convenient method to share files and folders on a network. You can apply for more restrictive permissions and have complete control over what you have shared with others, whether they can view, edit or modify the files or not.

You can accomplish file and folder sharing in Windows 10 in a few steps. To begin with sharing, Open File Explorer.

Luckily, Windows 10 comes with a great navigation system that replaces the old typical file management system. Navigate to the folder you want to share. And click on Properties in the ribbon section.

That opens a Properties dialog box. Go to Sharing tab.

Click the Share button.

Another window will open, type the name of the user you want to share files with. And then click ADD.

Now select the user and from the Permission level drop down menu, you can change its permission whether you want to assign read permission or read/write both. Then press Share.

Now the folder is shared. Copy the path right below the shared folder using which other users can access it over the network. Click Done to finish the process.

If you want to have more customization regarding permission for shared files, you can do it by using Advanced Sharing.

It allows for following options:

  • Limit No.of maximum users that are accessing the shared resource.
  • Allow or deny permission to read, change and full control.
  • Can select users from a specific group or location.

To share using advanced sharing, go to advanced sharing in the properties dialog box.

An advanced sharing dialog box will open. Check the box named Share this folder. Then add the name of the shared folder. Here you can limit the number of users that are simultaneously accessing the shared folder.

Then click on Permissions.

Another window will appear. Here Click on Add to add the user for which you want to assign permission for the shared folder.

Enter the user name and then click on Check Names to resolve it to the complete existent name. After this step, press OK.

Then Select the user and assign the desired permissions. It offers the following permissions:

Read: Allows the user to view the contents of folders,

Change: Allows the user to read, write, execute & delete files in the shared folder.

Full Control: Allows to read, change and also to take ownership of the folder and change the permissions for itself.

After applying for permission, Click on Apply to save all the configurations you made, then press OK to close the dialog box.

If you want offline users to access the content of the shared folder, then in the advanced sharing tab, go to Caching. Here you can apply the required policy for offline users for accessing the files and programs.

Then Click on Apply and press ok. Also, close the properties dialog box.

Once you have completed the above steps, your content is ready to share with other users on the network. To verify that your folder is shared on a network successfully, go to Cmd.

Type net share and press enter, it will show you the list of shared folders.

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