CMD Command to Find Shared Folders in Windows (NET SHARE)

In this tutorial, we will learn how to find shared folders on your Windows computer. We will also look at how to share a folder using the net share command.

To find shared folders on a Windows PC, we can use the Computer Management console or net share command.

Using Computer Management console

First, we will look at how to find shared folders using the GUI. The following method works on both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Open the Computer Management console - Right-click the Start button, and choose Computer Management.

start computer management windows 10

In the console, expand the Shared Folders branch and click Shares. You will see the list of shared folders, as shown in the following screenshot.

how to find shared folders in windows

Notice that the C:\ drive (and other drives) is shared by default. It is a hidden share, and other users on the network will not see it. Any share that has the dollar sign ($) at the end of the share name is a hidden share. This is the normal behavior of Windows.

Using the NET SHARE Command

The net share command shows the list of shared folders on your Windows computer. This command works on both CMD and PowerShell.

net share

You will see an output similar to the following:

net share command

As I explained before, folders that have a dollar sign ($) at the end of the name are hidden shares, and the users on the network will not see them.

Sharing a Folder with NET SHARE Command

We can share a folder by using the net share command, using the following syntax:

net share share_name=PATH

For example, to share the C:\data directory as data, we will run the following command:

net share data=C:\data

Note that your computer will not be visible to other computers on the network until you Turn on Network Discovery and File sharing.

To stop sharing a folder, use the following command syntax:

net share share_name /delete

For example, to stop sharing the share name called data, you will run the net share command as follows:

net share data /delete

To share folders with the net share command, you need administrative privileges. Also, you can only share folders that already exist on the computer.