Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.


Share files on a home network or on your Surface

Access shared files and printers on your home network by joining a homegroup. Use Public folders to share files with other people who use your Surface.


Use HomeGroup to share over a network

A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share devices (such as printers) and files (such as your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video libraries). Using a homegroup makes sharing easier.

When you’re done setting up your network, be sure to create or join a homegroup on the PCs running
Windows 8.1, Windows RT, or Windows 7. Here's how:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC Settings, then tap or click Network, and then tap or click HomeGroup.
Step 3:  Next, do one of the following:
  • If a homegroup doesn’t exist, click Create, and then follow the on-screen
    instructions.
  • If a homegroup exists, the name of the user and computer will be shown here. To join the homegroup, enter the password, and then tap or click Join.
    You can get the password from anyone else in the homegroup.
Step 4:  Do this on all the PCs in your home that you want to be in the homegroup.
Notes
  • Surface RT and Surface 2 can't create a homegroup, but they can join one.
  • If you’ve joined your Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 to a domain, you cannot create a homegroup but you can join one.
  • Surface Pro and Pro 2 have additional sharing capabilities. See Share files and folders on a network.

Access files on PCs in your homegroup

PCs that belong to your homegroup appear in File Explorer under HomeGroup.

To get to shared libraries on other homegroup PCs:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
Step 2:  In the search box, enter File Explorer. In the search results, tap or click File Explorer .
Step 3:  Tap or click Homegroup, and then tap or click the user account name of the person whose libraries you want to access.
Step 4:  In the file list, double-tap or double-click the library you want to get to, and then double-tap or double-click the file or folder you want.
Notes
  • PCs that are turned off, hibernating, or asleep won't appear as part of the homegroup.
  • Surface RT and Surface 2 can't share content with the homegroup, but they can access content shared by other PCs in the homegroup.

Share files with people who use your Surface

Public folders are a convenient way to share files with everyone who uses your Surface. For example, if you and other family members share your Surface, you can put all your family pictures in the Public Pictures folder so that everyone can access them easily and add, delete, and edit photos.

Public folders are in each library. To open the Public folders:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
Step 2: In the search box, enter File Explorer, and in the search results, tap or click File Explorer.
Step 3:  In File Explorer’s navigation pane, under Libraries, tap or click the arrow next to one of the libraries (Documents, Music, Pictures, or Videos).

For more info, see Public folders: Frequently asked questions and Library basics.



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