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How To View All Network Folder Sharing

When you share files and folders with other users on the same network In Windows 10, be It a public or private network, you can set permissions on a "shared file or folder" with certain privileges, such as full control access rights, change (modify) or read only. Sometimes, It's not easy keeping track of everything, so In this tutorial, I will show you a number of different methods on how to view all network shares on the PC In question.

To achieve this, I will be using a few Windows built-In tools, namely the MMC Snap-In, PowerShell and Computer Management. As you're reading this article, this may seem like a somewhat difficult process, but It's actually as simple as executing a single command (where applicable), and clicking on a folder or two thereafter.

Simply put, you will be able to view all the shared folders on the computer of which the above utilities are executed on. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:
Firstly. I will use the MMC Snap-In utility. Open the Run menu, enter fsmgmt.msc and hit OK.

Step Two:
To the left of the window, click on Shared Folders (Local) > Shares and on the right pane, you will see a number of folders. Those listed without the $ sign, are the ones that're shared. In my case, It's the Users and Windows 10 Tips folder.

Step Three:
I will now use the Computer Management utility. Open the Run menu, enter compmgmt.msc and hit OK.

Step Four:
Next, navigate to Computer Management (Local) > Shared Folders > Shares. Once again, all the folders without the $ sign are shared as Illustrated below.

Step Five:
The last method, Involves using PowerShell by opening the Run menu, entering powershell and hitting OK.

Last Step:
Now copy & paste the following command Into PowerShell, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Share 

As you can see In the Image below, there's two folders without the $ sign, hence these are the shared folders on my computer.

Final Thoughts:
As you may have gathered from the methods above, the process to view shared folders on the PC of which they're executed on, Is simple and very effective Indeed. Each method serves the exact same purpose, so simply use the one that you're most comfortable with. In terms of PowerShell, If It fails to provide results, execute It with elevated/admin privileges.


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