How to share files and folders on a local network with Windows

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In medium or large businesses, it is important that if there are multiple computers, for example in an office, there is a way to access almost any type of information a person might need to perform an action.

exists? Certainly yes, and that is why in this article you will learn a very important and simple way so that you and many other people can access the same type of information from any computer.


The local network

At work sites where they may be present several computers with interrelated information, the transfer process can be somewhat tedious, especially when you don't have the necessary tools, such as a flash drive, or when the Internet is having trouble in terms of operation.


However, there is a way to share files and folders so that your colleagues can access these items as if they were on their own computers. How to do it? Read on and you will find out.

How to share files and folders?

For all those computers that have the Windows operating system, the tool to share files and folders with computers connected to the same network has become of fundamental importance in everyday life.

Managing this type of tool represents a very important advantage when more people are in need of manipulate the same information comfortably from your computer without having to go through tedious or bureaucratic file transfer processes.

First steps

To do this, you need to enter your computer's settings for enable file sharing. Similarly, it is recommended to enable the publication of function detection resources, via the command “Windows + R”, type services.msc and press enter or click OK. This should be done, at a minimum, on the computer that will be sharing the files or folders.



Once you have performed the previous step, a new window will appear with a list of services in which you will look for the publication of the detection resources of the function. Once you get it, double-click on it and in the section that says “Manual”, change the setting to "Automatic".

Select what you want to share

You can share virtually any type of folder or file: documents, images, videos, you can even share everything on your local drive. However, if you want to take this action for business or academic purposes, be sure to share only what is necessary.

Steps to share files or folders

Once you have chosen the file or folder you want to share with the rest of the users who are part of your local network. It's time to right click on the element and enter its properties.

  • A new window will open, in which you will click on the sharing tab.
  • Now you need to click on the option "Advanced sharing".
  • Make the corresponding confirmation.
  • Check the box that will allow you to share the file or folder.

Advantages of sharing files or folders on a local network

In addition to providing facilities when accessing a certain file located on another computer, duplication is avoided of the same document with different modifications.


All of this will allow you to do much more efficient work, as long as the changes are made in an organized way. Being an extraordinary tool, above all, for those files that are manipulated or modified by programs such as Microsoft Word o Excel.


What are you waiting for to try it?

This interesting and important technique is extremely valuable. So don't take much longer to put this new knowledge into practice and make it easier for you to work in your office.

Sharing files or folders with all your colleagues in an extraordinarily simple, convenient and much safer way. Leaving behind those bureaucratic transfers by means of pen drivers.


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