How to Access My Documents Folder From a Different Computer

By Amanda Mack

The "My Documents" folder in the Windows operating systems is a popular storage location for documents and other personal files. Files and folders accessed through "My Documents" can be set to be shared across multiple computers, through web services, and through multiple users on the same computer. To share access to the folder across multiple computers on the same network, users must follow a few simple steps to ensure the folder will be readily accessible.

Sharing "My Documents" across PCs

Step 1

Open Windows Explorer by selecting "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories" and, finally, "Windows Explorer." Locate the "My Documents" folder. If pulled up correctly, the folder should be at the top of the drop-down file list on the left side of the screen.

Step 2

Right-click on "My Documents" and select "Properties." The "Properties" menu will display three tabs. Select the "Sharing" tab, and subsequently set "Share this folder on a network" along with any other options you deem necessary.

Access the shared folder from another computer on your network. First select "My Network Places" from the "Start" menu. Doing so should bring up a list of the different computers on your network. Select the appropriate computer from which the file or folder in question is located. All folders able to be shared should be visible. Find "My Documents" and select to view the containing files.

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