How to View Shared Folders

By William Pullman

Sharing files over the Internet is often as easy as attaching them to an email. There are instances, however, when there are too many files or the files are too large to send in an email. Windows created an easier solution for file sharing that allows users to share files and folders on a network with other users. Though sharing folders over a network is easier, it can put your computer at risk of viruses and unwanted users gaining access to your files. For security purposes, it's important for users to check for shared folders and block access to any information that shouldn't be shared.

Windows XP: View Shared Folders Using the Command Prompt

Step 1

Click "Start," select "Run" and type cmd in the window.

Step 2

Press "OK" to bring up the command prompt window.

Step 3

Type "net share" (without the quotes) and press "Enter" on the keyboard. A list of your shared folders and their locations will appear in the command prompt window.

Windows XP: View Shared Folders Using Computer Management

Step 1

Right-click "My Computer" on the desktop.

Step 2

Select "Manage" to bring up the "Computer Management" window.

Step 3

Click "Shared Folders" in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window.

Step 4

Double-click "Shares" in the right pane of the "Computer Management" window to display the names and locations of your shared folders.

View Shared Folders in Windows Vista

Step 1

Click "Start" and choose "Control Panel."

Step 2

Select "Network and Internet" and click "Network and Sharing Center."

Step 3

Scroll to the bottom of the window and click on "Show Me All the Files and Folders I Am Sharing" to bring up a new window displaying the names and locations of shared files and folders.

Step 4

Open the "Network" and "Sharing Center," scroll to the bottom of the window and click on "Show Me All the Shared Network Folders On This Computer." A new window will display the names and locations of all network shared folders.