How to View Shared Files and Folders in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a useful feature where it’s possible to share files and folders with other users of the local network. The problem occurs when you have shared too many files and folders in the past and have lost count of which files were shared. Below we will show you how to easily share files with others and how to view your previously shared files and folders in Windows 10.

How to Share Files with Specific People

To share a file with specific people, open the file manager and locate the file you want to share. Place the cursor over the option that says “Give access to,” and when the new window appears to your left, choose “Specific people.”


A new window will appear where you’ll need to enter the names of the people you want to share the file with. After clicking OK, the names will appear next to the owners but with a drop-down menu in the “Permission Level” column.


Click on it and choose whether you want to give them permission “Read” only or to “Read/Write.” If you ever want to remove a person from the sharing list, there is also an option for that. Click on the file path you want to use whether it’s to make it private or public.


How to View Shared Files in Windows 10 with RUN

To view files you’ve shared, press the Win and R keys to open the RUN box. Type fsmgmt.msc and click Accept. A new window will appear showing all the files you are sharing.


How to View Shared Windows 10 Files Using PowerShell

To open PowerShell, type in the first few letters in the search option, and it should appear automatically. When it does open, type:

Get-WmiObject -class Win32_Share

After you press Enter, you will see a list of all the files you have shared. Your shared files will appear in the same place mine did, as shown in the image below.


How to Share Windows 10 Files Using the Command Prompt

It’s also possible to view your shared files using the command prompt. There are a few ways to open the command prompt: you can either search for it in the search bar or press the Win and R key and type cmd.

Once the command prompt is open, type the command:

net share

Press Enter. The files you’ve shared will appear automatically.



Remembering what files you’ve shared can be difficult, especially if you work with others. If you’re in a big group, you may have sent a large number of files and need to remember if you’ve sent an important file or not. As you can see, there are various quick ways you can see what files you’ve shared. Which method are you going to stick with?

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.

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