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How to Share a Folder in Windows 7

One of the main advantages of a network is the ability to share files. This article shows you how to configure Windows to share files and folders on a network.

Windows has a folder named Public specifically set up to make it convenient to share files and folders on your computer. Any file or folder that you drop into the Public folder is automatically shared with other people on the network. However to use the Public folder, sharing must be turned on on your computer. To make sure sharing is turned on;

1. Click on the "Network and Sharing Center" icon in Control Panel. (you can view the icons in Control Panel by selecting "Large icons" in the drop-down-list located in the upper-right corner of the Control Panel window.

2. In the "Network and Sharing Center" window, in the left panel, click on "Change advanced sharing settings".

Advanced sharing settings

3. In the Advanced sharing settings window, next to "Public", click on the down button to expand the setting options.

4. In the Public sharing options list, under "Public folder sharing", set the radio button next to "Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files to the Public folders".

5. Click on the [Save changes] button.

To locate the Public folder, in Windows Explorer navigate to c:⁄Users⁄Public⁄. You should find the following subfolders:

Public Documents
Public Downloads
Public Music
Public Pictures
Public Recorded TV
Public Videos

Now to share a file or folder all you need to do is drop it into one of these Public subfolders.

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