Windows 8 offers a plenty of surprises in terms of the user interface (Metro-style), features, and performance among other things. Organizing files and folders is one of such features which has been there for years in Windows versions. However Windows 8 brings the same utility with improved features which were missing from earlier Windows versions though it is built upon the Windows 7 file sharing feature. So, here I shall discuss about setting up file sharing in Windows 8 to help you to be able to share and organize your files and documents etc. There are two methods using which you can set up or enable file (and printer) sharing in Windows 8. The second method seems to be the quickest and easiest, yet we’ll start with the first customary method. Check them out below:
To access file sharing, tap or click the Control Panel tile (if it is pinned) on the user interface. If you didn’t pin it to the user interface, search for Control Panel from the Charms bar. Press the Windows + C keys together on the keyboard to let the Charms bar show up. Tap or click Search on the bar. Once opened, type ‘control panel’ in the Search bar and tap the Search button.
Tap Control Panel from search results. In Control Panel, navigate to System and Security> Network and Security> View Network Status and Tasks below Network and Sharing Center. You can also straightaway open Network and Sharing Center right from the Desktop screen by right-clicking the Network icon in the system tray. Tap or click Change advanced sharing settings in the left hand panel. Select the radio button beside Turn on file and printer sharing under the File and printer sharing heading.
Tap the Save Changes button to save the changes and exit the current screen. That’s it and the file & printer sharing feature is enabled. You can now begin to share your files or printer(s) among your computers or networks.
Another simple and quick method to set up file sharing is from the Network icon in the system tray. If you are using a mouse, right-click the Network icon to view a list of the available networks. You can now right click the network you are connected to and then click Turn sharing on or off. Select Yes, turn on sharing and connect to devices on home or office networks. Save the changes and that’s it your file sharing is enabled now. This method is quite easy and fast compared to the first one, so you can try it out first if desired.
There is one more (third) method which I observed later on is that you can share your files, folders etc. using the Share tab in the File Explorer folder. Bring up Search from the Charms bar (check out first step if you need help bringing up the Charms bar). Type ‘File Explorer’ in the Search box and tap the Search button or hit Enter on the keyboard.
Click Apps and then File Explorer. In the File Explorer you will see all your files and folders. Tap or click any file to select it and then click or tap the Share tab. From the available groups, select a Share with option to start sharing with an individual account or home group etc. Save your changes and you are done.