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Well the whole idea behind networking and HomeGroups is to be able to share things with others. Sharing files, folders, libraries, even devices. And we're going to look at how you can take that a step further here in Windows 8.1 by being specific about what you're sharing and who you're sharing with. We'll begin here on the Start screen by starting to type the word share. S H A R for example. The Search pane opens up, and you can see we can access our HomeGroup and sharing options directly from here. Let's give it a click. You'll see your current HomeGroup, and you'll see what's turned on.
In this case for me, music and pictures, everything else turned off. Now, if you don't see a HomeGroup, you'll see a Create button to create one, then you'll be able to go in here and make the adjustments. So, anyone that I've shared this password with will be able to check it out. View or see my music and pictures, but only I can change it. Well, I can change that. If I want them to be able to edit my pictures, for example, I can set that up, but not from here. So let's just press our Windows key to go back to the Start screen and go to the Desktop.
We're going to use File Explorer to take our sharing options to the next level. Let's go down to the File Explorer icon on the task bar, give it a click. And we'll focus on the HomeGroup to start. Find it over here on the left hand side, select the name. Mine's just David Rivers. And, now I see my Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, et cetera. Now before we continue, let's make sure we all have the same view. From the View tab, make sure Details is selected. And Details pane is turned on, so we can see information over here on the right.
Now we're going to go to Music, for example. Check it out over here on the right in the Details pane. Shared with my HomeGroup, sharing type is Shared. If I go to Pictures, I see the same thing. If I go to Documents no longer. Sharing type is personal. But I can make those adjustments from here and I have an additional option too. With Document selected, I can now go up to the Share tab. Share with my HomeGroup, they'll be able to view the contents, the default. But I can also change it to View and Edit.
So they'll see the documents, but also be able to go in there and make changes. I can even share with other users on this computer if there are other accounts setup. I'm going to go to View and Edit sharing with my HomeGroup, by selecting it. You may need to click Documents again to see it refreshed. There it is. Sharing type is now shared with my HomeGroup. At any time I can stop sharing by clicking Stop sharing and clicking Documents again, you can see I'm back to Personal. So I can do all of that here from File Explore, but I can also do it with other files and folders on my computer.
For example, if I go to the Desktop here and expand it, I have my Exercise Files folder. And when I click that, I see the contents of my Exercise Files. But with the entire folder selected over here on the left, I have my sharing options available. So I can share this with my HomeGroup. Let's give it a click. Now as soon as I do, the information actually shows up down below. The state is shared, shared with HomeGroup as I hover over that. I could share with using View and Edit. Nothing changes down here.
It still shows I shared with my HomeGroup, but I have just given them access to edit the contents as well. And of course, I can stop sharing at any time. Soon as I do that, notice it disappears from down below. So not just my HomeGroup libraries but also folders, libraries et cetera found on my computer, can be shared with a HomeGroup. And I can use different levels of sharing, something I can't do from the Windows 8.1 Start screen. So let's close up File Explore knowing our sharing options are set the way we want.
Press the Windows key on your keyboard to return to the Start screen, where we'll continue.
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