Having a computer on your home network can be beneficial in many ways. Configuring file sharing can enable you to share folders and files across your network.
This tutorial helps you to set up the file-sharing settings on your computer.
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How to Enable File Sharing in Windows 10
1. Open Network Status
Left-click on the Windows Start Menu icon and type ‘network status’. Left-click on it.
2. Open Advanced sharing settings
Left-click on Sharing options to open the Advanced sharing settings window.
3. Adjusting the Private network settings
These settings apply for sharing over your private network.
- Make sure that you have expanded the Private expansion area. If it’s closed, simply click on the arrow on the right to collapse or expand the area.
- Left-click on the radio button next to ‘Turn on network discovery’. Make sure the checkbox underneath it is also checked.
- Left-click on the radio button next to ‘Turn on file and printer sharing’
4. Adjusting the Guest or Public settings
Set your guest or public settings.
- Make sure the Guest or Public area is expanded.
- Left-click on the radio button next to ‘Turn on network discovery’.
- Left-click on the radio button next to ‘Turn on file and printer sharing’.
5. Adjusting All Networks settings
Now we can configure the settings that are relevant to all your networks.
- Expand the ‘All Networks’ area.
- Left-click on the radio button next to ‘Turn on sharing so anyone with access can read and write files in the Public folders’.
- Left-click on the radio button next to ‘Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing connections (recommended)’.
- Left-click on the radio button next to ‘Turn off password protected sharing’. Leave this set to on if you don’t want everyone on your network gaining access to your shared and public files and folders.
What has this enabled you to do?
After changing these settings, any files or folders you have chosen and set up for sharing will become a shareable resource.
Access to your file across your network means using it with your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other computers.
This is the first step to having your files centralized if you choose. This brings along another convenience when it comes to storage space.