You can allow other people in the network to access your folder or directory with the file sharing feature in Windows. The feature is provided by the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks option in the Control Panel, which is enabled by default. It implements the CIFS protocol that is compatible with SMB implementation in Linux and other Unix-based operating systems.

You can share files and folders in Windows from the command prompt or the GUI. The easiest way to create a network share using the GUI in Windows is by using File Explorer.

Steps to create network shared folder in Windows 11:

  1. Launch File Explorer from the search bar.
  2. Create a new folder if you don't already have one.
  3. Right click on the folder that you want to share.
  4. Click on Show more options from the menu.
  5. Click on the Give access to menu item.
  6. Click on Specific people from the options.
  7. Click on the user that you want to allow access from the list.
  8. Click on the Share button.
  9. Select the network that you want to allow file sharing.
  10. Click on the Done button to exit the confirmation window.
  11. Test if you can access the shared folder.
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