Apps Share File with App in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to share a file with others using an app in Windows 11.

The built-in Windows share window in Windows 11 allows you to directly share a file with an app or nearby devices.

Reference:

Starting with Windows 11 build 25163, when sharing a local file from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window, you can choose OneDrive as a target to directly upload the file to OneDrive and share it further along with access control options. All this can be done right from sharing local files in File Explorer without any context switches or opening the OneDrive app.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22631.3374, the Windows share window now supports sharing with WhatsApp under the “Share using” section. If you don’t have WhatsApp installed, you can choose to install it from Windows share window directly. Over time, we plan to try this experience out with other apps as well.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22631.3374, the Windows share window will now only show apps under Share using that are tied to the account you are signed into Windows with – either Microsoft account (MSA) or Microsoft Entra ID (previously Azure Active Directory). If you are signed in with an MSA, you will see Microsoft Teams (free) instead of Microsoft Teams (work or school) and not both for example.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22631.3810, Microsoft is rolling out the ability to copy files from the Windows share window. Just click the new copy button.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22631.3672, you can directly share to specific Microsoft Teams channels and group chats in the Windows share window. To do so, you must sign in using a Microsoft Entra ID.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22635.3720 (Beta), Microsoft is beginning to roll out the ability to share local files directly from within the search results shown in the search box on the taskbar.


Contents

  • Option One: Share File(s) with App from File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Two: Share File(s) with App from Context Menu




Option One

Share File(s) with App from File Explorer Command Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Select one or more files you want to share with an app. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Click/tap on the Share button on the command bar. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on an app (ex: "Mail") you want to share the file(s) with in the Windows share window. (see screenshots below)

If you do not see an app you want to share with, click/tap on All apps to see all available apps to share with.

If you still do not see an app to share with in All apps, then you can click/tap on the Find more apps in Microsoft Store link to download and install an app to share with if wanted.


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5 You can now share the file(s) using the app.




Option Two

Share File(s) with App from Context Menu


1 Select one or more files you want to share with an app.

2 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  • Right click on the selected file(s), and click/tap on the Share button on the context menu toolbar.
  • Right click on the selected file(s), click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10), and click/tap on Share.
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3 Click/tap on an app (ex: "Mail") you want to share the file(s) with in the Windows share window. (see screenshots below)

If you do not see an app you want to share with, click/tap on All apps to see all available apps to share with.

If you still do not see an app to share with in All apps, then you can click/tap on the Find more apps in Microsoft Store link to download and install an app to share with if wanted.


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4 You can now share the file(s) using the app.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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It's a shame how useless this option is in windows in 2022!!! On an adnroid device when I choose to share for example an image I get the option to share it via Gmail, whatsapp, telegram, instagram, kindle, messaging (sms), skype, bluetooth, twitter, etc .....
In windows I can share it with the sniping tool!!, with built-in mail app and with feedback hub! yoopi !! It would be cool if I could share with whatsapp for example that I use!
 

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