I have a folder (lets say, "Folder X"), and inside it a file "Y.doc". How can I share the whole folder, except that one file, in Windows XP?
When a user accesses a file via a network share he/she requires both: permissions on the file share and permissions on the file itself.
Therefore if you want to prevent a specific user from accessing a file you can change the ACL of that file and deny all access to that file for that user. The user will be able to see the file-name in the share but it is impossible to read or change the file content.
Warning: Don't deny file access to all users or a group you are member of - otherwise you would also loose read/write access to that file because deny ACL entries have a higher priority that standard grant ACL entries.
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You could hide the file, and if someone on the network has shared file viewing disabled they won't see it?