How To Network Two Computers in Windows 10
Windows 10 users wanting to share files with other members of their household, or coworkers in a small office, often relied on HomeGroup, a technology that allowed you to share resources on a small local network. But the Windows 10 April 2018 update (version 1803) discontinued this service. You can still accomplish the same tasks, but as a replacement, you need to use the Windows 10 built-in sharing tools like OneDrive, Share, and Nearby Sharing. In this article, we’ll walk you through getting connected.
Sharing Files Using File Explorer
Sharing a file to someone in your house–or across the globe–is easy. Just open File Explorer (Windows key + E), and find the file you’d like to share. You can select multiple files if you wish. Then, click the Share tab, and you’ll see the Share button in the upper left corner of the window.
When you click this button, a dialog box will open, asking you to select the sharing method, which includes Email, Nearby sharing, or a Microsoft Store app.
Clicking on “Tap to turn on nearby sharing” will allow you to share with any nearby computer running the Windows 10 April 2018 update or later with compatible Bluetooth adapters.
Sharing Files with OneDrive
To share files stored with OneDrive, open the the File Explorer, navigate to your OneDrive folder, and right-click on the file you want to share. Then select Share a OneDrive link.
This will create a unique link to the file location in OneDrive which will be copied to your clipboard. You can then paste that link into an email message, or share it however you like. Only people with that link will have access to the file.
Below the Share a OneDrive link contextual menu item, you’ll find a choice for More OneDrive sharing options. This will allow you to set permissions for the shared file, including the ability to edit, setting an expiration date, setting a password, and sharing via social media.
For most people, these methods will be all you need to get those documents into other people’s hands.