Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Public Folder Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7

Public Folder Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7

How to Turn Public Folder Sharing On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
07 Sep 2011
Published by

How to Turn Public Folder Sharing On or Off in Windows 7

information   Information
The Public folders are a convenient way to share files on your computer. You can share files in the Public folders with other people using the same computer and with people using other computers on your network. Any file or folder you put in a Public folder is automatically shared with the people who have access to your Public folders.

The Public folders are located in the C:\Users\Public folder, and also included in libraries by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn Public folder sharing on or off in Windows 7. Public folder sharing is turned off by default (except on a homegroup). When Public folder sharing is turned on, anyone on your computer or network (including homegroup members) can access these folders. When it's off, only people with a user account on your computer can access them.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
When you share the Public folder on your computer with other people, they can open and view the files stored there just as if they were stored on their own computers. If you give them permission to change files, any changes they make will change the files on your computer.

If you like, turning on password protected sharing will allow you to limit Public folder access (except on a homegroup) to only people with a user account and password on your local computer. Password protected sharing isn't available on a domain.

Here's How:
1. Do either step 2 or 3 below.

2. In Windows Explorer, and go to the C:\Users\Public folder. Right click on the Public folder or any file or folder in the Public folder, click on Share with and Advanced sharing settings. (see screenshot below)

A) Go to step 4.

3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.
A) In the left pane, click on the Change advanced sharing settings link. (see screenshot below)
B) Continue on to step 4.
4. Click on the Name:  arrow.jpg
Views: 47072
Size:  485 Bytes to expand the network that you want to turn Public folder sharing on or off for. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Normally this would be your current profile.
5. To Turn On Public Folder Sharing
A) Select (dot) Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the Public folders. (see screenshot below step 7)

B) Go to step 7.
6. To Turn Off Public Folder Sharing
A) Select (dot) Turn off Public folder sharing (people logged on to this computer can still access these folders). (see screenshot below step 7)
7. Click on the Save Changes button. (see screenshot below)
8. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

9. When finished, you can close the Network and Sharing Center.
That's it,


 Public Folder Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7

Tutorial Tools

Similar help and support threads
Windows 7 Tutorial Category
Password Protected Sharing - Turn On or Off in Windows 7
How to Turn Password Protected Sharing On or Off in Windows 7 Password protected sharing is a more secure method of sharing files and folders on a network, and it is enabled by default. If password protected sharing is turned on, people on your network will not be able to access shared...
Unsuccessful at Sharing the Public Folder
Believe it or not, I'm having trouble sharing the Windows 7 Public folder. :o There are two computers on my network: One has Windows 7 and the other has Windows 8. The Windows 7 PC can see the Windows 8 Public folder. The Windows 8 PC cannot see the Windows 7 Public folder. I do not use a...
Network & Sharing
Can I compress Public folder in Windows 7
Can I compress the Public folder on my Windows 7? I do not have a network setup and I am the only one to use my computer. Would it be safe to compress this folder to save space? thank you
General Discussion
Cannot turn off "Public Folder Sharing" for public network
I have two network cards in my PC. One of them connects to the internet while the other connects to my home network. The issue is enabling public folders for the home network in "Network and Sharing Center" enables public folders for the public network also. In other words Windows grants...
Network & Sharing
Public sharing folder help
Evening all, Just looking for some advice regarding the public folder in windows. I have windows 7 on my desktop which is wired to my router and my laptop running vista wireless and on both machines i deleted the public folders in the users folder as i never had any intention of sharing...
Network & Sharing
trouble just sharing public folder
Under the windows 7 advanced sharing settings, i turn off file and printer sharing and turn on public folder sharing. So i get on 2nd maching running vista and navigate to my win 7 machine and try to open the computer to access JUST the public folder, but if FAILS. So i experiment. I turn file...
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:29.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App