How to Share Files, Folders and Partitions? (Win 7)

Sharing Files,folders and Partitions:

Through sharing files and folders users (locally or remotely) can access these files, Local users log on to your computer directly through their own accounts or through a Guest account. Remote users connect to your computer over the network and access the files that are shared on your computer.

What is the Simple File Sharing?

It is the way the sharing properties interface represented, by default this option turned on; it is located only in Windows XP versions. In Windows 7 and Vista, the simple and advanced options of Files Sharing are shown on the same location. [scheaven_infobox color=”grey” width=”100″ align=”left” icon=”info2″]Note: If you turn off Simple File Sharing, you will be having more control over the permissions to individual users (local or remote users). However, you must have advanced knowledge of NTFS and share permissions to help keep your folders and files more secure.[infoclose color=”grey”]

How can we turn on or off the Simple File Sharing option?

Simply by following the below steps:

  • Double click My Computer icon
  • Click on the Tools menu and select Folder options

  • Under the view tab, tick the check box of “Use simple file sharing (recommended)” then click ok.

[scheaven_infobox color=”grey” width=”100″ align=”left” icon=”info2″]Note: If you turn off Simple File Sharing option, the Shared Documents feature is not turned off, which you can use it to share the specified files with no advanced options.[infoclose color=”grey”]

How can I share a file, folder or a Hard Disk partition?

Sharing a file or a Hard Disk partition is the same concept, you just follow the simple steps below:

File, Folder and partitions Sharing for Windows 7:

  • Right click on the desired file and select “Share with” then select a group or click on “Specific People” to add people to share this file with.

  • After clicking on “Specific People” select the desired persons as shown below, and in case you want the file to be shared with everyone select “everyone”.

[scheaven_infobox color=”grey” width=”100″ align=”none” icon=”info2″]Note: If your computer is on a workgroup, you have the option of turning password protection on or off. If password protection is turned on, the person you are sharing with must have a user account and password on your computer in order to access the files and folders you are sharing. You can turn password protection on or off in the Network and Sharing Center.[infoclose color=”grey”]
  • Before clicking on the Share button, you may want to assign rights to the persons who will use this file on the same network, after selecting the desired persons a small option box will appear, select the option you want and click on Share button.

[scheaven_infobox color=”grey” width=”100″ align=”none” icon=”info2″]Note: The Read means you allow that person(s) to read the file contents without privilege of modifying them, However Read/Write option allows that person(s) to.[infoclose color=”grey”]
  • After clicking on the “Share” button click on “Done”

  • If you want to share a whole Hard disk partition, just right click on the desired partition and select “Share with”, then “Advanced Sharing…”.

  • Then click on Advance button.

  • Then, select “Share this folder”, and type a Share name ( files), then click on Apply and Ok.

This article also available for:

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Firas Sameer

This is me Firas Sameer the founder of Dealing With Windows, I am a computer and telecommunication engineer with over 14 years of experience, I love helping people and I love spending some of my free time posting useful articles for free about Microsoft windows.

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