How to Turn Off Network Sharing on Windows

This article teaches you how to stop sharing files and Internet connections on Windows PC.

Disable network file sharing

  1. Press Win + S to open the Windows search bar. Using this method prevents other people on the network from accessing files on your computer.
  2. Type “control panel“. A list of results will appear. Then, click “control panel“.
  3. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click Change advanced sharing settings. It’s the third link from the top of the left column.
  5. Click the network profile that says “(current profile)” at the end.
  6. Select Turn off file and printer sharing.
  7. Click Save changes.

Disabling Internet Connection Sharing

  1. Press Win + S to open the Windows search bar. Using this method prevents other people on the network from accessing files on your computer.
  2. Type “control panel“. A list of results will appear. Then, click “control panel“.
  3. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click Change adapter settings. It is the second link on the top of the left column. This will open the list of saved network connections.
  5. Right click the current connection. Look for the name of the connection you have just seen. A pop-up menu will appear.
  6. Click Properties. You will see the connection property dialog window.
  7. Click the Sharing tab. It’s on the right of the networking.
  8. Remove the check mark from “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection.” If the box is empty, there is no need to make any changes.
  9. Click OK. It is at the bottom of the dialog window. Now you have disabled network connection sharing, and no other person on the network can connect to Internet through this computer.