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How to share files and folders using File Explorer on Windows 11

Windows is plain and simple, be it design, user interface, or features. Understanding and using a Windows 11/10 PC is always easy, even for beginners. Anyone can perform basic computer tasks without any specific technical knowledge, in short, it is one of the easiest desktop operating systems to use. Today we will talk about Share files and folders with File Explorer on your computer. Yes, you can share your files and folders directly from File Explorer.

How to share files in File Explorer on Windows 11

Open File Explorer on your computer first. Just so you know, there are many different ways to open File Explorer on your PC. A simple example is using the shortcut Win + E or typing File Explorer in the search option.

Once File Explorer is open, select the file you want to share and right-click.

From the context menu, click on the Share icon as shown in the screenshot below.

This share icon may appear at some point at the bottom as well. Alternatively, you can click Show more options and then click the Share button or press Shift + F10 on your keyboard.

The sharing option you get includes – sharing nearby, sharing with an email contact, or sharing via the OneNote app or Windows Mail. Let’s check out these options in detail.

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This option allows you to share a file (document, photo, video, etc.) with any nearby devices that use the same Wi-Fi connection or devices connected via Bluetooth. To use Nearby Sharing, it is important that both of your devices are running the same version of Windows. This feature, by the way, is only available for version 1803 or later. Also, the Bluetooth feature must be enabled in both devices.

To share a file using the “Nearby Sharing” option-

Open File Explore and select the file you want to share.

Right-click and select the share icon from the context menu and then go to Nearby Sharing.

Choose the device you want to share your file with.

You will receive a notification on the other computer and you will have to click on any of the available options – save and open or save. You can also decline if you want to.

Share a file via email

To share a file via email, open File Explorer and select the file you want to share.

Click the share icon and select Send an email to a contact. If you don’t see the contact here, tap Find more people.

This will open the contact list of your Microsoft account. If the email address of the selected contact is registered, you can email them directly.

If not, enter the email address manually and click Continue.

Select the Microsoft account with which you want to send the file and your file will automatically be attached to an email message with the recipient’s email address. You can then add content to your email and click the Submit button. You can also format your email and add Cc and Bcc if needed.

This email will be sent through the Mail for Windows app.

Share with the app

To share a file from File Explorer with an application, select the file, right-click, and click on the share icon.

Select the third option, Share with app.

By default, it has the options for OneNote for Windows 10 and the Mail by Windows app. You can add more apps by tapping on Fine more app.

The MS Store will open and you will select the app you want.

How to share folders in File Explorer on Windows 11

Unlike files, you can’t share folders to use the share feature, email, or the app right nearby. To share a folder in File Explorer-

Open File Explorer, select the folder you want to share and right-click.

Choose Show more options and click Send To.

Here you will get the sharing options. Select the one you want and continue.

How can I share files between computers?

You can use the Nearby Sharing option in File Explorer to share files between two computers. Remember that both computers must be equipped with Bluetooth and must use the same Wi-Fi connection.

How do I receive files through nearby sharing?

When someone sends you a file using the Nearby Sharing option, you will receive a notification on your computer that someone has sent you that file. Click the Save and Open or Save option to receive the file on your computer.

How to share files and folders using File Explorer on Windows 11/10

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