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How to share a folder on the network | System Tools

Windows lets you share entire folders between users on the same Wi-Fi or wired network. The feature is useful for uploading many files without the Internet and speeding up day-to-day work in a place where multiple computers are connected to a single Wi-Fi. The function, however, is not intuitive and requires first activating PC discovery. through the operating system settings. See in the tutorial below how to share a folder on the network with others.

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How to enable sharing

Windows s folder sharing works if your computer is configured to discover and be discovered by other PCs on the network. Learn how to see if the feature is active.

Step 1. Right click on the connection icon and select Open Network and Internet Settings. In versions prior to Windows 10, the menu may be in Control Panel;

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Access Windows Network Settings Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Access Sharing Options;

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Access Windows Sharing Options Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Expand the list below Private and enable Network Discovery and File and Printer Sharing. Do not enable these functions for a public network. If your home network is set to Public, I must first convert it to Private.

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Release network discovery and file sharing Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

How to share a specific folder

Step 1. To share a specific folder on your computer with others on the network, right-click the item and open the Grant Access To menu. If you are already added to a HomeGroup, press the HomeGroup shortcut (view and edit). Otherwise, proceed to the option Specific people;

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Share a folder with other network users Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Open the list of users and select All. Then press Add;

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Add all users list Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Check the All newly added item. In the Permission Level column, set to Read to not allow changes to the folder or Read / Write to allow other people to open and save new files in the folder. At the end, press Share;

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Share a folder with read or read and write permission Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 4. Use the onscreen link to share the folder directly with someone else on the same network.

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Share the folder link with other network users Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

How to share public folder

Public folders are directories available to all users on the same network as long as the computer is configured to share files and printers. By default, these folders let anyone add, modify, and remove files.

Step 1. Access your computer from the Network menu of Windows File Explorer. Then go to the Users folder;

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Access the users folder in the network Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. The Public folder will be available in the list for common use by network computers. To always have it, right-click, drag to the desktop and create a shortcut on your desktop.

Create a shortcut to Public Folder Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Create a shortcut to Public Folder Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

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