How to stop sharing a folder in Windows 10

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You may want to share a folder within your home network that connects a PC and laptop. It's a great way to share files with other users within your home network. This is much cheaper than sending and receiving emails or using a USB stick.

As convenient as it may be, many users report that they have found that their Users folder can be viewed by the public, regardless of whether the PC owner has allowed it or not. This can be scary and an invasion of your privacy. In fact, it leaves your data vulnerable to attackers by offering them all your private data in plain sight.



Although this problem is particularly noticeable on those computers connected to a local network, it is better to be safe than sorry. Fortunately, you can stop sharing a folder in Windows 10 to keep your data safe. Let's see how.

Method 1: via File Explorer

You can stop sharing folders via File Explorer in two ways. Let's see how.

Solution 1: via folder properties

Step 1: press the Windows + X keys together on the keyboard and select Browser on file give the menu answer.

Step 2: A Browser on file window and go to the folder where you want to stop sharing.

Here we want to stop sharing a folder that is in the file Unit D.

Then, we will sail towards What PC and then open the file Unit D.

Step 3: Now, right click on the folder (in the Unit D) and select Property.



4 phase: In the folder Property select the window sharing tab and click Advanced cast button.

Step 5: A Advanced cast dialog box, uncheck the box next to Share this folder.

print To apply and so ok to save changes and exit.

This will stop sharing the desired folder. Alternatively, you can try the second way.

Solution 2: remove access

Step 1: press the Windows + E keys together on the keyboard to open the file Browser in files.

Step 2: A Browser on file window and go to the folder where you want to stop sharing.

Here we want to stop sharing a folder that is in the file Unit D.

Then, we will sail towards What PC and then open the file Unit D.

Step 3: As the Unit D the folder opens, right-click the shared folder and click Give access to in the context menu.

Now, in the submenu, select Rimuovi access.

This will help you to stop sharing the specific folder, but in case you have forgotten where your shared folders are or want to delete several network shares at the same time, you can follow the methods below.

Method 2: via shared folders

Step 1: press the Win + R keys together on the keyboard to open the file Run command.


Step 2: A Run command box type fsmgmt.msc and hit ok to open the file Shared folder window.


Step 3: A Shared folder window, go to the left side of the panel and select To share. It will show all shared folders on the local system, on the right side of the panel.

Go to the folder you want to stop sharing, right click on it and select Just share in the context menu.


4 phase: The selected folder will now be removed from the list.

This should help you stop sharing the desired folder, but if not, follow the third method.

Method 3: Using Command Prompt

Step 1: Go to Windows icon at the bottom left of the desktop and type Symbol of the system in the search box.

Step 2: Right-click on the result and select Run as administrator from the context menu to open Symbol of the system with administrator rights.

Step 3:In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:

net share

The list of shared folders on the local network will open.

The first column shows the name of the shared folder / drive and the second column shows the location. Find the shared folder you want to delete or stop sharing.

Step 3: Run the following command Log in to stop sharing a folder:

net share your_share_name /delete

So for example we want to stop sharing the Password folder here, the command will look like this:

net share Passwords /delete

This will successfully delete the desired folder that you want to stop sharing.

4 phase: If you want to stop sharing all shared folders at the same time, run the following command:

net use * /delete

That is. You can successfully delete the desired shared folder by following one of the above methods.

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