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How to enable secret Share page in the Settings app on Windows 10

Although you can also configure a number of options using Settings, you'd think that you'd be able to customize sharing options from within the Share page, right? Nope. For whatever reason, that option is hidden in Windows 10. If you want to customize the flyout that you get when you click the Share button on Microsoft Edge, Windows Store apps, or File Explorer, you're going to have to enable the secret hidden Share page settings.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to edit the Registry to enable the secret Share page, which you can use to customize various sharing options.

How to enable hidden Share page on Settings

Important: As always, this is a friendly reminder warning you know that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a full backup of your computer before proceeding.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel
  4. Inside the Control Panel (folder) key, right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  1. Name the new DWORD EnableShareSettings and press Enter.
  2. Double-click the newly created DWORD and change its value from 0 to 1.

  1. Click OK.
  2. Close the Registry.
  3. Restart your computer to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, inside the Settings app, you should now see the new Share page.

To change the sharing options, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Share.

Inside the Share page, you'll be able to control which apps are allowed to share, the number of items that appear in the flyout, and whether to show the most often apps you use to show at the top of the list.

To see the new changes, simply use any Windows Store app, Microsoft Edge, or File Explorer and click the Share button.

If you change your mind you can always revert the changes by following the same steps mentioned above, but on step 6 change the value from 1 to 0.

Do you think Windows 10 should include this page by default in the Settings app? Tell us in the comments below.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

62 Comments
  • I wonder why they haven't made this public. This is very useful (although might be seldom used)
  • This feature is one of the selling point in Windows 10. I hope I can finally enable skype to show up in the sharing list, going to try it now. Thank you Huculak.
    Update; I have tried it and it works, but there is nothing special about it because it doesn't let you add any apps to the list. So much for enabling skype to use that option.
  • Of course that won't work. This page only allows you to remove apps from the share menu (since all apps that you can share to are on by default). You can't add an app there that doesn't support sharing yet. There's nothing special about this page, and they've probably disabled it for now because they have more work to do on it. I expect to see it in a new build soon-ish.
  • cortana on by default .. sharing your privacy
  • A cool thing (IMO), could be the "Share Icon" in right click menu of Windows Explorer, in adition or instead of the ribbon icon, something like the "Send to" option does.
  • They really need to replace that legacy Send To and use the Share charm which is already working. Just add more functionality to it especially the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct and NFC on Share charm which is long overdue. Idk why they seem never implemented those.
  • Sent to Bluetooth doesn't work any more
  • It actually works on my laptop last time I check. Though I'm not sure ATM since it's been a while I sent stuff from it, blaming this abandoned Bluetooth file share that never utilized on Share Charm at all. Windows 10 seriously needs to have Bluetooth file transfer experience like we do on smartphones in general at least. pC must able to send through Share Charm and receive with notification from Action Centre. Better of we can make it work with NFC for PC that have one. I don't know why this has been neglected.
  • yep
  • I feel like I've seen these settings before. Did Windows 8/8.1 or an earlier version of 10 expose these options?
  • Yeah It was in 8/8.1
  • These are still from Windows 8.X shell, even Wi-Fi and Settings pane are still exist. These older shell is actually pretty stable and faster than the newer Windows 10 ones which sometimes won't open and it's often slow or doesn't work properly at times. Idk what MS is exactly doing here but somehow the new one is buggy.
  • Odd, it isn't working for me.
  • The article doesn't mention you need Windows 10 build 14955 or newer for this to work. Which is the forthcoming Creator's Update. Windows 10 v1607 (Anniversary Update) is build 14393. The author hasn't mentioned they're running an Insider version of Windows 10 :-/ It does tell us it's coming soon to Windows 10 though
  • Ok, I wondered if that was the issue. Thanks for the heads up.
  • I'm wrong here but it seems it doesn't work with Windows 10 Home. That's what I'm finding It works on my work PC.
  • It works on 14393.447
  • It does indeed work after all. Are you using Windows 10 Home, Pro or Enterprise? It works for me at work but not on my home PC. Both are 1493.447.
  • I'm using Pro. I just got my replacement SP4 and haven't gotten around to installing the Preview on it yet.
  • I am on 10 Pro - Release Preview 14393.447 and it does not work for me.
  • 1493.447 is the released August Anniversary Update. Are you running a pre-release build of this? Release "Preview" would suggest so.
  • Why is this hidden in the first place?
  • Based on charms bar
  • "Based on charms bar"?  Use more words please.
  • It's based around the Charms bar from Windows 8/8.1, this is the bar that would show up when you swiped in from the right hand side or moved the mouse cursor to the top right corner. It contained four icons called Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings. http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/what-is-windows-8-charms-bar/
  • It's still part of Windows 10 --- when you select the share icon in any Windows app (even Edge), this Share menu fly's out.
  • Thanks, but I'm familiar with the charms bar.  I just don't understand how that explains why the share page is hidden in Windows 10.
  • Charms bar from win 8, which means its old/outdated code leftover from earlier win 8 functionalities, and its currently a disabled function. They might re-activate it at some point, or might not because maybe other code/functions overlap with it, or lastly, they forgot, and don't care enough to remove it completely. Is that enough of a explanation?
  • Oh, I see.  Obviously it was disabled in 8 because we didn't need it.  Now that the charms bar is gone, we do need it but they've overlooked it.  I think I was having a dense moment.  :-)  Thanks.
  • They don't want anything to do with the charms bar.
  • Maybe still working to make it on Settings app. Eventually they may make it visible, I hope.
  • Can you add skype preview using it?
  • Does this allow selecting Skype Preview as a Share target?
  • Developers need to designate the app as a share target, so you can't just turn it on as the app wouldn't do anything with the content it's being sent.
  • I don't know if this is a bug because if they find stuff like this they can make future updates, that will remove this feature, even if you like it. I like it but I already have sharing, send to ,and cast to device. They can choose if they want it removed and apply that. If that was hidden it probably wouldn't work too good or work at all. If Microsoft finds this half-bug they will either do nothing , make updates to patch or repair this hidden bug ,or make updates to remove this hidden features permanently or until they change their mind.
  • Folks, I did everything as described by mister Huculac, to no avail though. Can anyone help me? I own an Asus Transformer T100TA (32-bit).
  • Make sure that you right click on the control panel folder, then click new...
  • Reboot your PC.
  • The article doesn't mention you need Windows 10 build 14955 or newer for this to work. Which is the forthcoming Creator's Update. Windows 10 v1607 (Anniversary Update) is build 14393. The author hasn't mentioned they're running an Insider version of Windows 10 :-/ It does tell us it's coming soon to Windows 10 though.
  • Yes, it does work in the current release of Windows 10 (build 14393). You will also notice that the hero image for guide doesn't include a watermark in the bottom right corner, which indicates that it's not a public preview. Edit: I updated the guide with an image specifying exactly the version of Windows 10 being used. Thanks,
  • Oh yes I hadn't noticed that. I presume you too have a USA locale? Your screenshots seem to suggest that. It's possibly worth adding it's only been confirmed to work with USA builds or locales I'm unsure exactly which.
  • I suspect Microsoft hasn't finished with it too. For one thing sticking it at the bottom below About is a rubbish place to put it.
  • I'm wrong here but it seems it doesn't work with Windows 10 Home. That's what I'm finding It works on my work PC
  • I did it, it works for me. Let's hope they develop this further.
  • If you don't see the share option after step 8, simply reboot your PC.
  • You need an Insider build (14955) for it to work. It doesn't work with the Anniversary Update (14393) or older.
  • No you don't. Working for me on 1607, 14393.447.
  • Weird. It doesn't for me. I wonder if it's USA builds only? I'm presuming you're in The USA. I'm in The UK. My source about needing the Insider Creator's build is from an article at winaero.com (it won't let me post the link).
  • I'm in France. Using US language/region though. Not sure if the locale makes a difference.
  • Ah that would make sense. Tech companies always give preferential treatment to The USA. The Cortana Android app is still only available in The USA or China. In that case you can just sideload the APK file though.
  • I'm wrong here but it seems it doesn't work with Windows 10 Home. That's what I'm finding. It works on my work PC.
  • What does this share do?
  • It doesn't work for me either because: The article doesn't mention you need Windows 10 build 14955 or newer for this to work. Which is the forthcoming Creator's Update. Windows 10 v1607 (Anniversary Update) is build 14393. The author hasn't mentioned they're running an Insider version of Windows 10 :-/ It does tell us it's coming soon to Windows 10 though.
  • It's working for me on 14393.447.
  • Weird. It doesn't for me. I wonder if it's USA builds only? I'm presuming you're in The USA. I'm in The UK. My source about needing the Insider Creator's build is from an article at winaero.com (it won't let me post the link)
  • Working on 14393 without any tricks. Just make sure you reboot after modifying the registry. Edit: my screenshot didn't post but here it is
  • A reboot didn't make a difference with my windows 10 UK build/locale. Are people missing to reboot? It says to do so in the instructions.
  • I'm wrong here but it seems it doesn't work with Windows 10 Home. That's what I'm finding. It works on my work PC. No reboot required. It just appeared after a few minutes.
  • Everyone, there is going to be a new share UI. It will no longer be this windows 8 some from the right side. That's why this menu is hidden because it's going away. This article shows what may happen in the next big update with sharing. https://mspoweruser.com/windows-10-will-possibly-get-new-share-ui-soon/
  • I wonder if these settings have been added for the new UI as part of the onecore updates that they usually do first (but happen to also control the old UI)
  • New Share UI
    https://mspoweruser.com/heres-enable-new-share-ui-windows-10-insiders/
  • I'd like to add MS Outlook 2016 as New Massage but how?