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Chapter 12. Managing Files Using a Network > Sharing a Folder over a Network

Sharing a Folder over a Network

You can share a folder and its contents on a network and specify whether you want to give network users permission to change the contents of the shared folder. You can create a new folder to share, or you can use an existing one anywhere on your computer. For example, you can create a shared folder in a subfolder within your My Documents folder. When you create a shared folder, you have the option to use the name of the folder or another name as the share name, which is the name network users see on the network in My Network Places. Once you create shared folders, copying and moving shared files and folders in Windows is as easy as managing files on your own computer. The only difference is that data transfer can take longer over a network than it does on your local computer.

Share a Folder on a Workgroup Network

Click the Start button, and then click My Computer.

Locate the folder you want to share.

Right-click the folder, and then click Sharing And Security.

Click the Sharing tab.

Select the Share This Folder On The Network check box.

Type a share name or use the suggested one.

To give the user full control of the folder, select the Allow Network Users To Change My Files check box. Clear the check box to give read-only access.

Click OK.


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