Shared Files and Folders

You may not have thought of this, but it’s a good idea to periodically check your shared folders, their permission settings and their contents to make sure you don’t unintentionally share something that’s private or sensitive.

If you share a lot of files and folders with other network computers and devices and you suddenly want to check on which files and folders you have made accessible to other users, you can do so easily in Windows Vista. Or, maybe you want to conduct security reviews or perhaps you want to list and identify all your open shared files and folders. No matter what you’d like to do, like I said earlier, it’s very easy with Vista. The Network and Sharing Center provides users with a centralized location to manage their network connections and resources.

Here’s how you can view the lists of your shared files and folders:

1.) Right click on the Network Status icon in your system tray and select Network and Sharing Center.

2.) Scroll all the way to the bottom of the Network and Sharing Center.

3.) To view the files and folders you’re sharing, click on both the “Show Me All the Files and Folders I Am Sharing” and “Show Me All the Shared Network Folders on This Computer” links.

That’s all you have to do!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami