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How to View Network Shares in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows the user to share his or her locally connected printers and stored files with other users over the network. Shared files can be accessible for reading and writing to others. Shared printers can be used for printing on the remote computer. Let's see how to view all network shares available on a computer in your network.

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It is easy to share a folder over a network in Windows 10 using the built-in file sharing feature. No third-party apps required. The procedure is covered in detail in the following article:

How to Share File or Folder in Windows 10

There are several ways to see  network shares available on computers running on your network. Let's review them.

To view network shares in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Press the Win + R keys on the keyboard.
  2. Type fsmgmt.msc into the Run box.Windows Run Fsmgmt Msc
  3. This will open the Shared Folders MMC snap-in.
  4. On the left, click on Shares.Windows 10 Shared Folders MMC 1
  5. You will see the list of shares, sessions and files open over a network, including administrative shares (C$, IPC$, etc).

View Network Shares in File Explorer

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. On the left, click on the Network item.Windows 10 Network Folder In File Explorer
  3. There, you will see the list of network computers available on your network. Tip: See Network Computers are Not Visible in Windows 10 Version 1803.
  4. Double-click on the computer icon to see its shared folders, files and printers.Windows 10 View Shares In File Explorer

View Network Shares Using The Command Prompt

  1. Open a new command prompt.
  2. To view all shares of the current PC, type the following command: net share. Its output is as follows.Windows 10 Net Share
  3. To view all shares of a remote computer, type the command net view \\computername /all. Substitute the computername portion with the actual computer name running on your network.Windows 10 Net View All

The output of the commands above includes administrative shares. It is possible to exclude them from the net view command output. Just remove the /all argument and you are done. You will see only the user shares.Windows 10 Net View

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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