Skill Level Beginner
- [Instructor] Say you and some colleagues are working on a project and you need to share resources, or perhaps you have a library full of silly sounds and you want others on the video editing team to access them, or maybe you're just feeling generous. The goal is to share a folder from your computer's local storage as a resource available to others on the network. As an example, this folder here contains some common files for a big project. I want my entire team to have access to this folder, so here's what I do to make it available on the network.
First, visit the directory's parent, you must go up a notch to share the folder. Right-click on the folder to share, choose Properties, and click the Sharing tab. Avoid the misnamed Share button, but instead click on the Advanced Sharing button, and Share this folder. The Share name is how the folder appears to others in the network window when they open your computer's icon. So if you want to make the name more descriptive, enter a better name in this box.
Click the Permissions button. The default configuration for everyone is to have read-only access, now if you want everyone to have full access, click the Full Control button in the Allow column. Click OK, click OK again, and close the Properties dialog box and now the folder is shared. Others can access the folder on their Windows computers by opening a file explorer window, like this one, and choosing Network. And then they choose your computer's icon, now this computer is named ENZO, so I'll open its icon, and you see the shared folders available to other users on this network.
To un-share a folder, you repeat the steps presented earlier but remove the check mark. Finally, as a suggestion, I recommend that you share only specific folders. Avoid the temptation to share a larger folder tree, unless you want other network users spelunking through your computer's storage system. You probably don't, so share specific folders, as shown in this movie.