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When you use HomeGroup to set up your home network, there are certain defaults that are applied according to the selections you make while you're setting up your HomeGroup, for example, which libraries will be shared, pictures, videos, documents and so on. Of course, we can go back and make changes to those settings but we can take it a step further by choosing the exact folders and even files we want to share. Let's do that now. We'll start by accessing the HomeGroup through Windows Explorer. So from the Taskbar, click the Windows Explorer icon and if you've set up a HomeGroup you'll see it in the Navigation Pane.
So click once, and you'll see that there are no other people in the HomeGroup at this time. So before we can view files from other people on the network, they need to join the HomeGroup, nobody has done that yet, but we have set up our own HomeGroup, so if we want to make changes, we can go to View homegroup settings, click that link, where we can also make changes for example. If we didn't want to include Videos and Music, but we do want Pictures, Documents and Printers we leave those selected, and if we don't want to stream, pictures, we can deselect that check box.
So make the selections you want and make sure you save those changes. But that's just one option. Those are the libraries, the default selections that we can choose from. What if we wanted to share our Exercise Files for example? Well, in that case we would navigate first to the folder. Let's go to our Desktop and we'll double- click Exercise Files, and this gets us inside. Now if you don't have Exercise Files, don't worry about it. You can select any folder you like and we are going to turn the sharing on.
Let's do it for a folder inside our Chapter 07 folder. So we'll double-click and there you'll see 07_03. Click once to select it, and down below you'll be able to see if it's been shared, and in this case we see no information indicating this is being shared with any homegroup or anyone else for that matter. But right here from the toolbar, choose Share with and you can see our options. Nobody is the default but we can share with a homegroup two different ways. We can allow them to see what's in the folder, but not make changes to it, or we can allow them to go in and have Read/Write access, which does allow them to make changes.
So let's choose Homegroup (Read/Write). Now the moment you do that, that information appears down below. You can see the State now is Shared and it's shared with the Homegroup. But if I didn't want to share the entire folder, maybe just certain files, we can go back to Share with, choose Nobody and as soon as we do that, the shared information disappears and let's go inside the folder and select a single file or multiple files. It's up to you. If we select the first image, hold down Shift and click the last one, all of them will be included, but I am going to hold down Ctrl and click the middle one, otherwise I would have just shared the entire folder.
In this case, it's only these two pictures that I want to share. So with those selected, I go up to Share with, and now I choose Homegroup. I am going to choose Read/Write access. So it's only these items, the two items that are selected, that are currently shared. If I click Macaws, you'll notice there is no shared information down below. If I go to either of the other two, I do see that they are shared. So that's how we customize exactly what we're going to share and how we're going to share it in Homegroup.
We can close that up when we are done.
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