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OS X Mountain Lion: Share files with others who use your computer

Share files with others who use your computer

People who use the same Mac can share files with one another using their Public folders and Drop Boxes.

Share files with other users on your Mac

To make an item available to all the users of your Mac, choose Go > Home, and then put the item (or a copy of it) into your Public folder.

Share a file with one other user on your Mac

  1. Click the desktop to make sure you’re in the Finder, and then choose Go > Computer.
  2. Double-click the icon for your computer’s internal disk (usually named Macintosh HD) to open it.
  3. Open the Users folder, and then open the folder for the person to whom you’re giving a file.
  4. Open the user’s Public folder, and then drag the file to the Drop Box. To keep a copy of the file for your own use, hold down the Option key while you drag.

Even though you can put items in another user’s Drop Box, you can’t open any Drop Box except your own.

Open the Public folder of another user on your Mac

  1. Click the desktop to make sure you’re in the Finder, and then choose Go > Computer.
  2. Double-click the icon for your computer’s internal disk (usually named Macintosh HD) to open it.
  3. Open the Users folder, and then open the folder for the person whose Public folder you want to view.

If you can’t open another user’s Public folder, the user may have file sharing turned off in Sharing preferences.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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