Shared files are
files that other computers on your network can have access to. You generally
set sharing by right-clicking the file or drive you want other computers
to access then select "Sharing..." from the resulting menu.
You can allow other
computers full access or read only access (i.e. they can access the
files but can't change them). You can also require users to give you
(or rather your computer) a password before they can access your files
(sorry, that little trick only works on a network, it isn't a way to
password protect your local files / folders).
A word of warning
though - be VERY careful about having your drives / files set for sharing
if your computer is connected to the Internet. It's a virtual open door
for hackers. I always turn off file sharing before I go online.
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