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Controlling what is shared on a network

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Video: Controlling what is shared on a network

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.

Controlling what is shared on a network

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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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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