How to find all shared folders in Windows 10 and Stop Sharing them

When you are working in an environment where computers are connected over the same network, then it becomes important to share files and folders with everyone. Over a period of time, you had shared so many that you don’t remember. While they should show in Network locations, here is a better way to find all your shared folders in Windows 10.

Find all Shared folders in Windows 10 & Stop Sharing them

You can use any of these tools to find all shared folders, and also remove it from sharing. Make sure to note down the actual location of the folder if you need to know.

  • Computer Management
  • Localhost
  • Net Share

The command should be available for both admin and standard users.

1] Computer Management

Computer Management Sharing

Open Windows Power menu using Win + X. Then select Computer Management from the menu. In the computer management screen, choose Shared Folders under System Tools > Shares.

The shares folder offers you a list of all the folders and files you have shared with anybody on the network.

The folders which are listed without dollar sign at the end are the ones you have shared. The one with $ sign is OS shared folders that admins can access and they stay hidden from the other users.

To stop sharing, you can right-click on the folder, and click on Stop Sharing.

You can also open the Shared Folder section only by typing fsmgmt.msc in the Run prompt (Win+R) followed by the Enter key.

2] Localhost

Share Folder Localhost

Open Run prompt (Win + R) and type \\localhost in the text box followed by the Enter key. It will reveal all the shared folder in the File Explorer.

To remove the shared folder from here, right-click on any of the older, and switch to the Sharing tab. Then click on Advanced Sharing, and remove sharing.

3] Net Share Command

How to find all your shared folders in Windows 10

Quickly open Command Prompt with admin permission. Once it’s there, you can type the following command to reveal all the network shared file

nets share

If you want to delete or remove the shared folder, then use the command:

net share WFbackup /delete

I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to find all shared folder, and stop them from sharing.

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