How to View All Network Shares on a Windows PC


File sharing over a network in Windows 10 allows you to share files and folders on your computer with other users over a private or public network in your workgroup or domain.

You can set the permissions of a shared file or folder to allow groups or users to have a read only, change (modify), or full control access rights.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1803, some features of file sharing over a network have changed, including the removal of HomeGroup. However, even though HomeGroup has been removed, you can still share printers and files by using features that are built into Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to view all network shares on a Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 PC in your network.

Computers on your network will need to be running to be able to view their network shares.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: View Network Shares in File Explorer
  • Option Two: View All Network Shares on Current PC in Shared Folders MMC Snap-in
  • Option Three: View All Network Shares on Current PC in Computer Management
  • Option Four: View All Network Shares on Current PC using Net Share command
  • Option Five: View All Network Shares on a Computer using Net View command
  • Option Six: View All Network Shares on Current PC in PowerShell





View All Network Shares on a Windows PC OPTION ONE View All Network Shares on a Windows PC
View Network Shares in File Explorer

1. Open Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8/10).

2. Click/tap on Network in the navigation pane, click/tap on the computer name you want to see network shares for. (see screenshot below)

Sometimes it may take a moment for the Network folder to refresh and show all network devices and their network shares.

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View All Network Shares on a Windows PC OPTION TWO View All Network Shares on a Windows PC
View All Network Shares on Current PC in Shared Folders MMC Snap-in

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type fsmgmt.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open the Shared Folders MMC.

2. Expand open Shared Folders in the left pane, and click/tap on Shares. (see screenshot below)

The folders listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

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3. If you like, you can double click/tap on a share to see its share permissions. (see screenshot below)

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View All Network Shares on a Windows PC OPTION THREE View All Network Shares on a Windows PC
View All Network Shares on Current PC in Computer Management

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type compmgmt.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Computer Management.

2. Expand open Shared Folders in the left pane, and click/tap on Shares. (see screenshot below)

The folders listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

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3. If you like, you can double click/tap on a share to see its share permissions. (see screenshot below)

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View All Network Shares on a Windows PC OPTION FOUR View All Network Shares on a Windows PC
View All Network Shares on Current PC using Net Share command

1. Open a command prompt.

2.Type net share into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

The share names listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

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View All Network Shares on a Windows PC OPTION FIVE View All Network Shares on a Windows PC
View All Network Shares on a Computer using Net View command

1. Open a command prompt.

2. Type the command below you want to use into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(only shares by users)
net view \\<computer name>

OR

(all shares)
net view \\<computer name> /All


Substitute <computer name> in the command above with the actual computer name of the network computer you want to see its shares.

For example:

net view \\Brink-Laptop

OR

net view \\Brink-Laptop /All

The share names listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

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View All Network Shares on a Windows PC OPTION SIX View All Network Shares on a Windows PC
View All Network Shares on Current PC in PowerShell

1. Open PowerShell.

2. Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Share

The names listed without $ at the end are the ones users shared on this computer.

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That's it,
Shawn