HOW TO SHARE A FOLDER IN WINDOWS 7

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HOW TO SHARE A FOLDER IN WINDOWS 7

Windows 7 gives users the ability to share files and folders with friends and family at home or with co-workers at the office. Whether your computer is connected to a homegroup, workgroup or domain on a specific network, folders and files can be shared. Windows 7 also has a File Sharing Wizard to help simplify the process, especially when sharing folders in the workplace.

Locate the folder you want to share and right-click on it. Point to “Share with” and choose your desired sharing option from Homegroup (Read), Homegroup (Read/Write), or Specific People.

  • Select “Homegroup (Read)” to share the folder with every computer in the homegroup in a read-only format. Nobody else will have the ability to modify or delete the folder and its contents.

  • Select “Homegroup (Read/Write)” to give every computer in the homegroup permission to read, modify and delete the folder and its contents.

  • Select “Specific People” to open the File Sharing Wizard, which will allow you to designate the users you want to share files with. When the wizard opens, type in a user’s name or click on the arrow to display a drop-down menu that displays all names in the homegroup. Designate the desired permission level by choosing from “Read” or “Read/Write.” “Read” will allow users to read the files but will not allow them to modify or delete them. “Read/Write” will allow users to read, modify, and delete the files. Click on the “Share” button at the bottom of the wizard to finish. 
Check to see if a folder is shared. To view the sharing details of a folder or file, open Windows Explorer by clicking on the Start button or Windows logo on the bottom-left corner of your screen. Click on your user name to display your folders and files. Click on any folder or file to display sharing details in the bottom window pane.

  If you want to stop sharing a folder, right-click the folder you want to stop sharing, click on “Share with,” then click “Nobody.”

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