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Sharing Folders and Printers

After you enable folder sharing in the Network and Sharing Center, you can decide what folders to share (Public folder sharing is also enabled in the Network and Sharing Center).

To share a folder, navigate to it with the appropriate explorer, right-click the folder and select Share. From the File Sharing dialog shown in Figure 12.10 A, select the users you want to access the folder, select the level of access to provide for each user, and click the UAC-protected Share button to complete the process. A shared folder is indicated by a special icon (see Figure 12.10 B).

You can grant three levels of access:

  • Reader—User has read-only access to the files in the folder.
  • Contributor—User can view all files and add, change, and delete her own files.
  • Co-owner—The specified user can view, add, change, and delete all files.

If password-protected sharing is disabled in the Network and Sharing Center, anyone with network access (not just listed users) can access a shared folder when you select Everyone.

To stop sharing the folder, right-click the folder and select Stop Sharing, or select Change Sharing Permissions to edit share settings.

Figure 12.10

Figure 12.10 Sharing a folder.

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