Windows 8 How To: Share Files, Folders, and Drives

Written by Alan Friday, 13 July 2012 07:00

With millions of people worldwide now using the Windows 8 Release Preview there have been some questions about sharing files with other computers on a home network.  In many ways, the new Microsoft operating system is vastly different from previous versions, but in some ways, it’s also very similar.  File sharing is one of the those things that has remained mostly unchanged.  Microsoft has made networking much simpler in recent versions of their OS.  The days of complicated setups that required an engineering degree are long gone.

When it comes to sharing files, folders and entire drives, Windows 8 actually works very much the same as the previous versions of Windows.  It’s simple to set up access to your Windows 8 computer or tablet from any other device on your network.

To get started just right-click a drive, file, or folder and choose “Properties”.

windows 8 explorer right click menu Windows 8 How To: Share Files, Folders, and Drives

Now click the “Sharing” tab and then the “Share” button.

windows 8 files sharing Windows 8 How To: Share Files, Folders, and Drives

Here’s where it gets a bit different from Windows 7.  Type name or click the dropdown list to choose a user to share your file with.  In this example we used “everyone”.  You can choose the “Permission Level” by clicking the arrow next to the user(s) you just added.  You can choose between “Read”, which is the default, and “Read/Write”.

windows 8 sharing options Windows 8 How To: Share Files, Folders, and Drives

That’s the entire process.  It’s similar to Windows 7, but a bit more streamlined.  You will get one more option to enable settings  of sub-folders to be changed to match the choices you just made.  Microsoft has managed to simplify the process even more in their next version of the operating system.

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 Windows 8 How To: Share Files, Folders, and Drives

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