Sharing a folder means you are giving other users on the network permission to access the files in the shared folder. When you share a folder, you have the ability to set the level of accessibility that others can have when they try to view and/or modify the files in that shared folder.

See Set up a network or multi user environment for instructions on how to set up multi-user networking for a variety of operating system.

Share an existing folder

  1. Locate the folder that you want to share.
  2. Right-click the folder you want to share and select Properties.
  3. Under the Sharing tab, select Share this folder. You can change the name of the shared folder by entering a new name in the Share Name field.
  4. Click the Security tab or the Permissions button to set permissions for each user who will access your folder.
  5. Click Apply and OK.

Create a new shared folder using the Create a shared folder wizard

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows + R to open the Run window.
  2. Enter shrpubw.exe in the Open field and click OK.
  3. Follow the instructions on the wizard to share your folder.