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