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Chapter 17. Managing Files Using a Netwo... > Creating Privileges for Users and Gr...

Creating Privileges for Users and Groups

Once you've configured your computer to share information, you'll probably want to restrict or give access to certain files and folders. Before you set privileges for the users or groups, you must first set up the user accounts. You can decide who gets to go where and do what. There are four levels of access—Read & Write (allows user to access and change the file), Read Only (allows user to access the file, but not make changes), Write Only (Drop Box), and No Access. The levels are pretty self-explanatory; however, if you give someone Read & Write privileges, you're giving them full control over the file. For example, someone could open a text document and basically erase the contents of the letter or completely rewrite it.

Create Privileges for Users and Groups

Select a folder, file, or application.

Select the File menu, and then click Get Info.

Click the expand buttons (triangles) for Ownership & Permissions and Details.

Click the You Can pop-up, and then select from the available permission options.

IMPORTANT If the You Can pop-up is grayed out, the System Administrator has prevented you from changing your permissions on this item.

Click the Owner and Access pop-ups to change the ownership of the file and permissions.

Click the Group and Access pop-ups to change the group and access permissions.

Click the Others pop-up to create generic permissions for all other users.

Click Apply To Enclosed Items to apply the modified settings to all the items within a folder.

Click the Close button.


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