Sharing Files with Public Folders

To share items in your Public folder and its subfolders with other users of your computer, you don't need to do a thing. By default, all users with an account on your computer (including Guest) can log on and create, view, modify, and delete files in the Public folders . The person who creates a file in a Public folder (or copies an item to a Public folder) is the file's owner and has Full Control access . All others who log on locally have Modify access.

To share items in your Public folder with network users, in Advanced Sharing Settings, turn on Public folder sharing, as described in the preceding section. You can't select which network users get access, nor can you specify different access levels for different users. Sharing via the Public folder is quick and easy—but it's inflexible.


Use an easier (but less secure) method for sharing on a small network

As an alternative to setting up an account for sharing, you can use anonymous sharing (using the Guest account), which works much like Simple File Sharing in Windows XP. Use this method only if you trust everyone on your network—such as in a home network shared by your family.

To use this method, on each computer with resources to share, turn off Password Protected Sharing . For each folder you want to share, use the Share With command to share with Guest or Everybody; for this type of open sharing, it doesn't really matter which you use. (Note that shared homegroup libraries also need to be shared in this way.)

Users from any computer can then gain access to any shared resource on your computer, and they won't be prompted for a user name or password .

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