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Chapter 2. Managing Files and Folders > Sharing Files or Folders with Others

Sharing Files or Folders with Others

Mac OS X maintains a set of personal folders and options for everyone on your computer to make sure the contents remain private, unless you decide to share the contents with others. If you want the other users on your computer, or those connected to your computer over a network to have access to files, you can place those files in the Shared folder that each user can access. The Shared folder is located in the Users folder. It is set up with Read & Write permissions so that all users can open the files in this folder and copy files to the folder. If you want to share files with a specific user on your computer, you can use their Public folder. A Public folder is set up with Read Only permissions that allow others to see and copy it contents, but not change it. Each Public folder is located in the users' Home folder and also contains a Drop Box folder, which is set up with tighter permissions so other people can copy files to a Drop Box, but they cannot see its contents.

Share Files in the Shared Folder or a Public Folder

Open the drive or folder containing the files or folders you want to share.

Select the files or folders you want to share.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Copy.

Click the Hard Disk icon in the Sidebar.

Double-click the Users folder.

Open the folder you want to use to share files:

  • Shared folder. Double-click the Shared folder.

  • Public folder. Double-click the user name, and then double-click the Public folder.

Click the Edit menu, and then click Paste.

To use the Drop Box folder in a Public folder, drag the files and folder onto the Drop Box folder.


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