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Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better, Third Edition by Gina Trapani, Adam Pash

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Hack 116: Share Windows Files

Level Medium

Platform Windows and Mac OS X

Cost Free

If you have several computers at home, you want to easily transfer files between them without manually copying them to a disk and walking it across the room (so-called “sneaker net”). All versions of Windows come with built-in support for sharing folders and opening and saving files to them from other computers on the network. This hack shows you how to share a Windows folder of family photos to all the other computers in the house (PCs and Macs alike).

Share a Folder

Here’s how to share a folder of photos from a central PC to other computers in the house:

1. Browse to that folder in Windows Explorer, right-click it, and choose Properties.

2. On the Sharing tab, click the Advanced Sharing button, click Share this folder, and set the shared folder name, as shown in Figure 12-1. The name you set here is what other computers will see. This name can be different from the folder name itself. If you try to use a name more than twelve characters long, Windows warns you about a possible incompatibility with some operating systems. Figure 12-1 shows the My Pictures folder shared as Lifehacker Pics.

Figure 12-1: Share a folder in the folder’s Properties dialog box under the Sharing tab.

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3. Next make the folder writable from other computers by clicking the Permissions button and ticking the Full Control ...

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