Windows Vista – Control Panel -> Network -> File and Printer Sharing

Windows Vista -> Control Panel, Network -> File and Printer Sharing

This interface is of more use on home machines or workgroup configurations, normally in a domain, all files and printers would be shared on the servers.

Orientation (See in Address Bar Below):
Control Panel
     Networking and Internet
           File and Printer Sharing

File and Printer Sharing

This interface neatly separates sharing printers from sharing files and folders.

What struck me with this run of the mill configuration menu was how many other areas you could reach from this interface.

Note the familiar folder sharing icon in the screen shot below.  Incidentally, this picture is a thumbnail of an even bigger picture.

Windows Vista - Control Panel, Networking, File and Printer Sharing

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Summary of File and Printer Sharing

Hidden among the Network and Internet settings is a menu to control File and Printer sharing.

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