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In this article, learn what is file and printer sharing in Windows and read how to turn on/off or manage file and printer sharing in Windows 10/8/7.

By default, Windows can share file and printer on the network your system belongs to. You can change the default settings anytime to manage file and printer sharing on your system. Configuring file and printer sharing settings basically set a rule in Windows Firewall that allows/prevents your machine to share files from an user profile located in %systemroot%\Users\%username% and the printer installed on system. Its worth to mention here that turning on printer sharing essentially requires file sharing to be turned on.

File and printer sharing feature is there to simplify your job at your workplace. If the systems are on same network share, its quite easily to manage files and printers across different machines. Check this fix, if you’re unable to access network share.

Here is how you can turn on or off file and printer sharing in Windows.

How To Manage File And Printer Sharing In Windows 10/8/7

WAY 1 – Via Network Adapter Properties

1. Press W8K + R to open Run, type ncpa.cpl and click OK.

How To Manage File And Printer Sharing In Windows 10

2. In the Network Connections window, select your primary network adapter and right click on it, choose Properties.

How To Manage File And Printer Sharing In Windows 10

3. Next, on the property sheet, uncheck the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks option. Click OK and reboot.

How To Manage File And Printer Sharing In Windows 10

This should finally disable file and printer sharing on your Windows 10.

WAY 2 – Via Control Panel

You’ll need administrative privileges to follow below mentioned steps.

1. Open Control Panel. Under Network and Internet, click on View network status and tasks link.

How To Manage File And Printer Sharing In Windows 10

2. Moving on, in Network and Sharing Center window, click Change advanced sharing settings link in the left pane.

How To Manage File And Printer Sharing In Windows 10

3. Finally, in Advanced sharing settings window, under File and printer sharing heading, select Turn off file and printer sharing. Click Save Changes.

How To Manage File And Printer Sharing In Windows 10

You must restart your machine to make the settings effective.

FYI: You must have same settings selected in either ways mentioned above.

That’s it!


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