Sharing folders in Windows 7 Enjoy the flexibility to share documents, digital photos, and other files without using CDs or flash drives. With a home network, you can keep a central schedule that can be accessed and updated by every member of the family. Your family can play multi-user games or use one central computer to store pictures, videos, and other multimedia files that can be accessed from any computer on the network.
To share folders on a home network:
Step 1: Introduction to sharing folders in Windows 7
Once you've set up your home network, it's time to take advantage of your ability to share folders and files. We live in a world of home offices, digital photographs and home movies, electronic gaming, and fast-paced schedules. Your home network can be an integral part of your household's entertainment and communication.
Holidays and vacations are rich in family moments captured by your digital camera and the new digital video recorder. Now what do you do with the pictures and videos? Why not store them on your home network in a shared folder so everyone in the household can see them? Let your family select the photos they want to print or the videos they want to burn to DVD.
Play multi-player computer games with the other members of your family across your home network. You can play against the other members of your family or join them as partners against opponents on the Internet.
Having trouble keeping up with everyone's schedule? Create a master schedule where everyone enters the appointments, recitals, soccer games, and events in a shared folder.
A notebook computer on a wireless home network allows you to store the files of a large project on the larger capacity of your desktop computer while enjoying the flexibility to work on your notebook computer anywhere within the range of your wireless router. You can work from your patio, on the couch by the fireplace, or any other location within your router's range.
It takes only a few minutes to configure file sharing on your home network, and you'll be ready to enjoy the additional benefits it offers.
Step 2: Enabling file sharing in Windows 7
Configuring sharing security
Step 3: Selecting your shared folders in Windows 7
After you have enabled folder sharing, you must select the folders you're willing to share. You specify not only what folders you want to share, but also control who can access the files and the level of permissions they have. For example, you can share a folder called Family Photos with everyone in your family and assign them the Read/Write permission level so they can view the shared files, add files, and change or delete any files they added to the folder.
Selecting permissions for shared folders in Windows 7
Step 4: Accessing shared folders in Windows 7
After you have enabled file sharing in the Network and Sharing center and have selected the folders to share, you can now access the shared folders as if they were stored on your computer.
See also: Sharing printers in Windows 7