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Chapter 20. Multiple Users & their Homes > Folders for Sharing Files with Other...

Folders for Sharing Files with Others

Once a user is set up, the default is to allow access only to the Public folder, the Sites folder, and the Drop Box. The Shared folder (which is in the Users folder, which is on your main hard disk) belongs to everyone who uses the Mac. If you plan to share files between users on this one computer, please see Chapter 34, which explains all this in detail (the Sites folder is explained in Chapter 36). Here are very brief explanations:

  • Put files in your Public folder that you want others to be able to read, copy, or print. They have to open your Public folder to do so.

  • Other users can put files for you into your Drop Box, which is located inside of your Public folder. They cannot open your Drop Box, not even to see if their file successfully transferred.

  • Put files in the Shared folder that you want everyone who uses the Mac to have access to. This is a good way to distribute something to everyone on the Mac without having to copy it to each individual user’s Drop Box.

  • The Sites folder is where you can store a web site or files that you want people to access through the Internet. See Chapter 36.


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