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Chapter 6. Networking > Making Connections

6.1. Making Connections

When it comes to making connections to other individual computers (as opposed to, say, Web sites), Mac OS X offers two different connection methods: a humble little rectangle in the Connect to Server dialog box and the Network icon in the Finder's sidebar. For beginners, having two different connecting options can make networking twice as confusing.

In previous Mac OS X releases, the Connect to Server dialog box was the only connection method, but the Network icon in the sidebar of all Finder windows has now taken over most of those duties. Selecting this globe-like icon reveals the icons and names of all other available computers—Windows PCs, Macs, and so on. Double-click one to bring its login window to your screen. After logging in, the server's icon appears on your machine ready for opening, transferring files, and so on.


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