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Part 11. Sharing Your Mac with Multiple Users > Sharing Files with Other Users

Sharing Files with Other Users

To enable network users to access the Public folder in your home folder, open System Preferences and click Sharing.

In the Sharing pane, click Services.

Check the box labeled Personal File Sharing to share files with other Mac users on your network, and then click Start.

Check the box labeled Windows Sharing to share files with Windows users on your network, and then click Start.

INTRODUCTION

Some files are meant to be read and even modified by multiple users—a family calendar or a committee report in progress, for example. You can share these files in two designated places, with different results. And you can send copies of your files to other users via their Drop Box folders.


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Skipping It

Why all this rigmarole, you ask? The point is to keep your files as safe as you want them to be. If you want to skip the security routine and share with everyone, you can keep your Mac logged in with a single user account and give all users the password.


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Making the Connection

To learn how to connect to other Macs on a network, turn to “ Connecting to Networked Computers,” p. 240.


Put files you want all your Mac's users to be able to modify in the Shared folder in the Users folder.

Put files that you want all your Mac's users to be able to read but not change in the Public folder in your home folder.

To give another user of your computer a copy of a file, put the file in that user's Drop Box folder inside her Public folder.

To share a file with other Mac users on the Internet, copy it to the Public folder on your iDisk.


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