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Chapter 16. Setting Up Accounts and Main... > Sharing Files with Other Users

Sharing Files with Other Users

When you set up a user account, that person has access to the files in his Home folder. Depending on the level of access, he can open applications, possibly read or access information on the hard drive, but he won't have access to any sensitive areas, or anyone else's Home folder. What if you want to give a file to another co-worker, but you can't drop it into their folder, and the co-worker can't access your Home folder. That's where Macintosh comes to the rescue with shared folders.

When you open your Home folder you'll see two folders named Public and Sites. The Public folder contains a nested folder named Drop Box. The Drop Box folder is a place where anyone can drop items for you to use. As another user, I can place things into your Drop Box, and you can place things in my Drop Box, but I can't see what's in your Drop Box, nor can I change any items. In other words, files check in but they don't check out.


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