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Connect to Another Mac

Once the Macs are connected in some way and you've turned on Personal File Sharing in the Sharing preferences (as explained on the previous pages), you're ready to connect. It's easy.

Make sure you are in the Finder (single-click on any blank space on the Desktop). Then follow either Steps a or b:

a. From the Go menu, choose “Connect to Server….”

The little window shown below appears. Your window might be empty, though—that's okay; in the example below I have added favorites (see page 273).

If you know the name of the Mac you want to connect to (as shown in the Sharing pane of the other Mac; see the previous page), type it in here, with “.local” after its name. Then click the “Connect” button. Skip to Step 3.

Or click the “Browse” button, which takes you to the window you see in Step b at the top of the opposite page. Follow the steps from there.

b. Open any Finder window. Click the Column View icon (shown circled on the next page, top). In the Sidebar, single-click the “Network” icon.

(If you don't see a Network icon, it's probably turned off in the Finder preferences; see page 141).

Your window looks like the one shown on the opposite page. This lists the connected computers. Double-click the one you want to connect to.

Either double-click a server name, or single-click it and then click the “Connect…” button in the preview pane, as shown above.

You will get a window in which you need to enter a name and password. Important! Even though it has your name in the field, it doesn't want your name and password! It's asking for the name (long or short) and password of the computer you're trying to connect to! Took me a while to figure that one out.

So anyway, if you know the name and password of the other computer, you can connect as a “Registered User” and you will have access to the entire machine, all the files, all the folders, all the documents. This is great when you are on someone else's computer and need to access your own.

If you don't have the name and password of the other Mac, you can connect as a “Guest”; see the following page.

Enter the name and password, then click “Connect.”

The next window that appears lists the hard disk, the Home folder, and any partitions or other hard disks attached to the other Mac. Double-click the name of the one you want to connect to.

To have access to more than one of the partitions, hold down the Command key and click on as many as you want to connect to, then let go of the Command key and click OK. You can also repeat the process if you decide later you need to connect to another volume.

On the Desktop of the computer you're working on, you'll see a network icon for each volume you connected to, shown below-left. Double-click that icon to open a window to that drive, shown below-right.



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