If you want to share your files in your network then this article is for you. We are going to share how you can share and access files over your local network in Windows 11.
Just like Windows 7 & 10, Microsoft added a network sharing feature in Windows 11 also. Using it, you can share or access your files with others using your local network. The only requirement is, that all devices should be connected to the same network. This is very important if you have more than one device in your network like a printer, scanner, computer, or fax. You can manage all these devices in your network using Windows 11.
When you open the file explorer window, you can see the network tab in the left sidebar. This feature allows you to access all other devices using the same network. You can also connect with other devices with network options.
Let’s move on to our main topic. Follow our simple steps to see other computers on a network in windows 11.
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Use Command Prompt Tool to Check Connected Devices
There are some useful commands that you can use to see all connected devices to your network. This command is very useful if you want to just check how many devices are connected to your network.
Step 1: Open Windows 11 Settings with the Windows + I button on your keyboard. Then search for CMD.
Step 2: Select the run as administrator option in the right sidebar.
Step 3: In the command prompt window, enter the following command and press enter.
Step 4: If multiple computers are connected to your network, you will see the name of all computers. If not, it will display this message that says, The list of servers for this workgroup is not currently available. That means that no device is connected to your network.
Find Devices with Network Discovery
Windows 11 comes with a built-in network discovery tool called network. You can use it to find connected and available devices in your network.
Note that, if you want to see other devices then you have to turn on Network Discovery, otherwise you can’t see them. To enable it, follow these steps:
Step 1: Press the Windows + E button on your keyboard to open Windows Explorer.
Step 2: Find and click on Network from the left sidebar.
Step 3: You will see all connected devices here by default if the network discovery feature is enabled. If not, you will see a dialogue box saying that Network discovery is turned off. Below that you will see the address bar saying ‘Network discovery and file sharing are turned off. Network computers…..’. You have to click on the text.
Step 4: Here you have to select the Turn on network discovery and file sharing option.
Step 5: In the new window, select the option that says ‘No, make the network that I am connected to a private network’.
Step 6: Wait for some time. After a few seconds, you will see a list of all connected devices.
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Sometimes it is very important to check and see how many systems are connected to your network due to security reasons. Windows 11 allow users to quickly see all connected systems in the same network.