How to view a list with all shared network folders in Windows

Some of our readers wanted an answer to the question: “Where can I see listed all the folders I've shared on my Windows computer or device?” We thought it was a really good question and we decided to answer it. We have two alternatives to share: one using Windows Explorer for Windows 7 or File Explorer for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, and one using Computer Management , which works in all versions of Windows . Let's see how this is done:

How to view your shared folders using Windows Explorer in Windows 7

The simplest method for viewing the folders that you have shared in Windows 7 is to open Windows Explorer. Click Network and then the name of your Windows 7 computer. You will see a list with all the folders shared by your computer with the network.

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The problem with this view is that it doesn't show hidden shares and doesn't give too much information about how each folder is shared. However, you can right click on each folder and then click Properties.

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This opens the Properties window of the selected shared folder. You can use it to access more information about how the folder is shared, the security settings it has and so on.

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Even though this works, it is not an elegant way of viewing your shared folders and managing them. There is a much better alternative that you will find on page two of this tutorial.

How to view your shared folders using File Explorer in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

In Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, the procedure is the same, only the tool that you are using has a different name and look. Open File Explorer and go to the Network section. There, click or tap your computer's name and your shared folders are displayed.

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To view the properties of a shared folder, select it and then click or tap the Properties button, in the Open section from the Home tab, on the ribbon.

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Alternatively you can right-click or press and hold the shared folder that you are interested in and, in the contextual menu, click or tap Properties.

The Properties window is opened for the selected folder. Here you can learn more about how that folder is shared, its security settings and so on.

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Now that you know how to view your shared folders using Windows Explorer for Windows 7 or File Explorer for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, go to the next page of this guide and learn the best way of listing all the folders that you have shared on your computer.