4 ways to turn on file sharing

4 ways to turn on file sharing
4 ways to turn on file sharing

Many users need to share files from their computer with other users on the same network. File sharing can be useful for sharing documents as well as other types of files. This article teaches you how to turn on file sharing.


Method 1 of 4: Share files on XP

Enable File Sharing Step 1

Step 1. Start the "Network Setup" wizard on the computers on which you want to enable file sharing

Enable File Sharing Step 2

Step 2. Choose "Enable file sharing" when the wizard gives you the option

This option creates a “Shared Documents” folder on all your computers.

The files that are in the “Shared Documents” folder are accessible by all users on the network. On Windows XP, you cannot share files individually outside of this folder

Method 2 of 4: Share files on Vista

Enable File Sharing Step 3

Step 1. Click on "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu

Click “Network and Internet” and choose “Network and Sharing Center”.

Enable File Sharing Step 4

Step 2. Check that “Network Discovery” is enabled

Click on the small arrow to display the "Network discovery" section and then choose "Enable network discovery". Click "Apply" and enter a password if required.

Enable File Sharing Step 5

Step 3. Display the “File Sharing” section and activate it

Click "Turn on file sharing", then click "Apply."

Enter the administrator password to confirm the selection. This option allows you to share files individually with the selected people

Enable File Sharing Step 6

Step 4. Activate “Public Folder Sharing” by displaying the corresponding section

Select "Turn on sharing so that anyone with network access can open files", this allows everyone to see the files in that folder.

Select the option "Enable sharing so that anyone with network access can open, edit and create files", this allows anyone to add files to this folder. For both options, click “Apply”

Method 3 of 4: Share files on Windows 7

Enable File Sharing Step 7

Step 1. Right click on the file you want to share

The "Share with" option will appear in the menu. You can choose one of the 4 options from this menu.

  • You can choose not to share this file with anyone and make it private. You can also share it with everyone on your network. You can give users "read" only rights or "read / write" rights so that they can modify it.
  • You can also choose “Specific people”, which will open a file sharing wizard where you can choose the users with whom you want to share the file.
Enable File Sharing Step 8

Step 2. Enable public folder sharing by selecting “Control Panel” from the “Start” menu

Enter "Network" then click on "Network and Sharing Center".

Enable File Sharing Step 9

Step 3. Click “Change advanced sharing settings” on the left panel and display the network section

Enable File Sharing Step 10

Step 4. Click the small arrow to display the network profile

In the "Public folder sharing" section, select "Enable sharing so that anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders".

Method 4 of 4: Share files on MAC 10.5 and above

Step 1. Log on to your computer with an administrator account

Select "System Preferences" from the "Apple" menu. In the menu bar, choose "Sharing".

Step 2. Click the (+) icon below "Shared Folders"

A browser window will appear so that you can find the files you want to share. Select the files you want.

You can also select a folder using the "Finder". Choose "Get Info" from the "File" menu of the selected folder. Click on “Shared Folder” to enable sharing

Step 3. Configure user access rights

Select an existing user group or create a new one in the "User" field of the folder.

Step 4. Select the type of access you want to give each user

The default setting given by Mac is "read only". Use the "read only" menu to change the rights by choosing one of the other two options.

A user can "read and write" the files, which gives them the ability to read, copy, edit and delete the shared file. You can also allow a user to "write" only, which only allows them to copy content to the file

Step 5. Choose the correct network connection protocol to communicate the shared files with the users you have chosen

Step 6. Click “Options…” in “Sharing Preferences”

Select "Share files and folders using AFP" to communicate with other Macs.

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