The following is a guide on How to Share files in File Explorer in Windows 10. Windows 10 lets you quickly share files with other users over a network — here are three ways to do it. On Windows 10, HomeGroup was a feature to simplify the process of sharing resources across a small network with other users. However, since the feature has been removed, you now have to use different methods to share files, folders, and printers.
Some of these methods include Share and Nearby sharing, OneDrive, and the more advanced sharing options that offer virtually the same experience but using a different set of instructions.
Send files with Share
If you have to share one or more files with another user inside the home network, office, or across the world only one time, you can use the Share feature, which comes built into File Explorer and most modern apps.
To share files using the Share feature on Windows 10, use these steps:
- Open File Explorer.
- Browse to the folder location with the files.
- Select the files.
- Click on the Share tab.Quick tip: Alternatively, you can right-click the selection and choose the Share option in the context menu. Also, the Share option can be found in many apps that you acquire from the Microsoft Store.
- Click the Share button.
- the app, contact, or nearby sharing device.
- Continue with the on-screen directions to share the content.
Share files with OneDrive
On Windows 10, you can also use OneDrive to share files or folders with family, friends, or colleagues.
Unlike sending files using the Share feature, OneDrive allows you to share virtually any file by creating a secure link that others can use to access the content, which you can also revoke at any time.
To share files with OneDrive, use these steps:
- Open File Explorer.
- Click the OneDrive folder from the left pane.
- Browse to the folder with the files.
- Right-click the file and select the Share option (blue icon)
- (Optional) Click the Anyone with the link can edit option.
- Clear the Allow editing option if you only want someone else to view the file.
- Click the Apply button.
- Confirm the email address of the person you want to share the file. Or click the Copy Link option to copy the link to the clipboard.
- (Optional) Add a personalized message for the share.
- Click the Send button.
To share a file, select it, go to the Share tab, and select Share.
Select a file, go to the Share tab, and select Share. Choose how you want to send the file, then follow the process for that option.
If you have OneDrive files saved on your PC, there are a couple ways you can share them from File Explorer:
- Get a link you can share with anyone. Right-click (or press and hold) a OneDrive file or folder and select Share a OneDrive link.(If you’re using OneDrive for Business, select Share, select Copy Link, then select Copy.) Now you can post the link wherever you like.
- Email a link to just a few people. Right-click (or press and hold) the file, select More OneDrive sharing options > Invite people, then enter their email addresses. (If you’re using OneDrive for Business, select Share, select an option from the drop-down list box, and select Apply. Then enter email addresses above the blue line and select Send.)
Send an email
If you have a desktop mail app installed, select your file, then select Share > Email to open a new message with the file attached.
Share over a home network
To find out how to share files over a home network in Windows 10, see File sharing over a network in Windows 10.
Share in your workgroup or domain
To share files with people in your workgroup or domain:
- Select the file or folder you want to share.
- Go to the Share tab, and then in the Share with section, select Specific people.
- Enter email addresses for the people you want to share the file with, select Add for each one, then select Share.
Share to a nearby device
Nearby sharing in Windows 10 lets you share documents, photos, links to websites, and more with nearby devices by using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. For more, see Share things with nearby devices in Windows 10.