Although, it appears complicated, Sharing Files in Windows 10 with other computers over a network is easy. You will find below the steps to Share Files and Folders in Windows 10.
Share Files and Folders in Windows 10
The easiest way to share files and folders in Windows 10 is by using the in-built File Sharing feature as available in Windows operating system.
Using Basic Settings in Windows File Sharing, you can quickly share files on your computer with other users over a public or private network with minimal configurations.
If you want to set custom permissions and other advanced options, you can make use of the Advanced Settings as available in Windows 10 File Sharing feature.
Requirements For Sharing Files in Windows 10
In order to Share Files on your computer with others, you need to switch on Network Discovery and File/Printer Sharing options on your computer.
To do this, open Settings > click on Network & Internet > Sharing Options.
On the next screen, select the type of Network over which you want to Share Files. In this case, we have selected Private Network, in order to Share Files with other computers over a Private WiFi Network.
On the next screen, select Turn ON Network Discovery, Turn On File and printer sharing options and click on Save changes button.
As you can see in above image, turning on Network Discovery, makes your computer visible to other computers on the network.
This allows other people on the network to select your computer and setup a shortcut to access the Shared Files on your computer by mapping network drive.
1. Share Files and Folders in Windows 10 Using Basic File Sharing
Create a Folder on your computer, give it an appropriate name and move all Files that you want to share with other Users into this Folder.
After creating the Folder, follow the steps below to make this Folder sharable with other users over a network.
1. Right-click on the Folder that you want to share with others.
2. On File properties screen, click on the Sharing tab and click on the Share button.
3. On the next screen, use the drop-down menu to select the “User” that you want to share files with. If the User is not available, type User Name and click on the Add button.
4. Under Permission Level, select the type of sharing permissions that you want to grant to this User.
Select Read (default option), in case you want the User to just View and Open Files in the Shared Folder. If you want the User also to be able to Modify and Delete Files, select the Read/Write option.
5. After selecting the desired Permission type, click on the Share button.
6. On the next screen, copy or note down the Network Path for the Shared Folder and click on Done.
You can Email the Network Path to Users that you want to Share Files with.
2. Share Files and Folders in Windows 10 Using Advanced Settings
Follow the steps below to Share Files and Folders on your computer with others, using Advanced Sharing options.
1. Right-click on the Folder that you want to Share > click on Properties > Sharing tab > Advanced Sharing.
2. On Advanced Sharing screen, check Share this folder option, set the Limit for simultaneous users and click on Permissions.
3. On the Permissions screen, you can customize the permissions level for specific users.
If you want the User to be able to open, edit, delete and create files, select both Read and Change boxes under “Allow” section.
5. Click on Apply > OK.
6. Click on OK to close the Advanced Sharing screen
Once you have completed the above steps, other Users will be able to access all the Files located in the Shared Folder on your computer.
3. Share Files Without User Name and Password Requirements
By default, any file that you share on your computer with other users is secured by your Username and Password.
This means that anyone trying to access Shared Files located on your computer will be required to enter your Account User Name and Password.
However, it is possible to disable the requirement to enter User Name and Password by turning OFF “Password Protected Sharing” option on Advanced Sharing Settings screen.
1. Open Settings > click on Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
2. On the Next screen, click on All Networks.
3. On the next screen, select Turn off password protected sharing option.
4. Click on Save Changes.
Now, when you Share Files on your computer, other Users will be able to access your files, without entering User Name and Password.