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OS X Mavericks: Share your files

Share your files

You can share files and folders with others on your network. You can share your entire Mac with everyone, or allow specific users access only to certain folders.

  1. Open Sharing preferences if it isn’t already open, then select the File Sharing checkbox.
  2. To select a specific folder to share, click Add (+) at the bottom of the Shared Folders list, locate the folder, select it, then click Add.

    The Public folder of each user with an account on your Mac is shared automatically. To keep a folder from being shared, select it in the Shared Folders list and click Delete (-).

  3. By default, any user set up on your Mac in Users & Groups preferences can connect to your Mac over the network. A user with an administrator account can access your entire Mac.

    To give only specific users access to a folder, select the folder in the Shared Folders list, then click Add (+) at the bottom of the Users list. Then do one of the following:

    • Select a user from Users & Groups, which includes all the users of your Mac.

    • Select a user from Network Users or Network Groups, which includes everyone on your network.

    • Select a person from your contacts. Create a password for the person, then click Create Account.

  4. To specify the amount of access for a user, select the user in the Users list, then click the triangles next to the user name and choose one of the following:
    Option Description
    Read & Write: The user can see and copy files to and from the folder.
    Read Only: The user can view the contents of the folder but can’t copy files to it.
    Write Only (Drop Box): The user can copy files to the folder but can’t view its contents.
    No Access: The user can’t see or copy files from the folder.
  5. To change the protocol used for sharing files, click Options, then select AFP or SMB.

    If Windows users connect to your Mac to share files, make sure SMB is selected, select the On checkbox for each Windows user who will share your Mac, then enter the password for that user.

OS X allows guests to access shared folders on your Mac. To turn off guest access, deselect “Allow guests to connect to shared folders” in the Guest Account pane of User & Groups preferences.

Last Modified: Oct 23, 2013
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