Networking 101

How to see other computers on network on Windows 10

Do you need to find a computer in the network? Here's how on Windows 10.

File Explorer network access

On Windows 10, the ability to see other computers in the local network can come in handy in many scenarios. For example, when you need to access a shared folder or printer, or when you need to access a special application hosted on a remote computer.

Whatever the reason it might be, you can always use File Explorer to quickly find and access devices in the network. 

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to quickly find other computers connected in a local network on Windows 10.

Find other computers in network using File Explorer

To find other devices in the network, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Click on Network from the left pane.

  3. See computers available in the local network.

    Network view in File Explorer
    Network view in File Explorer
  4. Double-click the device to access its shared resources, such as shared folders or shared printers.

Once you complete the steps, you’ll be able to access the device. However, you’ll only be able to access the shared resources as long as the remote device has the same account and password. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to authenticate using an administrator account username and password available in the remote device to access it.

Enable network discovery on Windows 10

If you can’t see any computer in the network, it’s probably because network discovery isn’t enabled.

To enable network discovery on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Click on Network from the left pane.

  3. Click the message at the bottom of the ribbon and select the Turn on network discovery and file sharing option.

    Network discovery option in File Explorer
    Network discovery option in File Explorer
  4. Click the No, make the network that I am connected to a private network option.

    Network discovery and file sharing
    Network discovery and file sharing

After you complete the steps, you should now be able to see the devices in the network.E

Enable network discovery using Control Panel

Alternatively, you can enable network discovery with Control Panel, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on Network and Internet.

  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.

  4. Click the Change advanced sharing settings option from the left pane.

    Change advanced sharing settings
    Change advanced sharing settings
  5. Expand the Private network profile.

  6. Under the “Network discovery” section, select the Turn on network discovery option.

    Enable network discovery in Control Panel
    Enable network discovery in Control Panel
  7. Under the “File and printer sharing” section, select the Turn on file and printer sharing option.

  8. Click the Save changes button.

After you complete the steps, you should now be able to find other computers in the local network.