OS X Mountain Lion: Connect to a Windows computer from a Mac

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Connect to a Windows computer from a Mac

You can connect to Windows computers and servers on your network from your Mac.

For instructions on setting up the Windows computer, see this help topic:

Set up a Windows computer to share files with Mac users

If you can’t locate a shared computer or server or connect to it, it may not be available, or you may not have permission to connect to it. Contact the person who owns the computer or the network administrator for help.

Connect to a Windows computer by browsing

  1. In the Finder, choose Go > “Connect to Server,” and then click Browse.
  2. Find the computer’s name in the Shared section of the Finder window sidebar, and click it to connect. You may need to click All to see all the shared computers.
  3. When you locate the shared computer or server, select it, and then click Connect As.

    In some cases you need the network area or workgroup for the shared computer. If you don’t have this information, contact the computer’s owner or your network administrator.

  4. If necessary, enter your user name and password and select volumes or shared folders on the server.

    Passwords for Windows computers and servers are often 14 characters or fewer. Check with the owner or administrator to be sure.

    To make it easier to connect to the computer in the future, select “Remember this password in my keychain” to add your user name and password for the computer to your keychain.

Connect to a Windows computer by entering its address

  1. Choose Go > “Connect to Server.”
  2. Type the network address for the computer in the Server Address field using one of these formats:

    smb://DNSname/sharename

    smb://IPaddress/sharename

    For information about the correct format for network addresses, see:

    Network address formats for shared computers and servers

  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to type the workgroup name and a user name and password, and choose the shared folder you want to access.

    If you don’t know the workgroup name and the network name (called the “computer name”) for the Windows computer, contact the person who owns the computer or your network administrator.

  4. If necessary, enter your user name and password and select volumes or shared folders on the server.

    Passwords for Windows computers and servers are most often 14 characters or fewer. Check with the owner or administrator to be sure.

    To make it easier to connect to the computer in the future, select “Remember this password in my keychain” to add your user name and password for the computer to your keychain.

Reconnect to recent computers or servers

Here are some ways to make it easy to reconnect to shared computers and servers you frequently use:

  • Choose Apple menu > Recent Items, and then choose from the list of recent servers.
  • Choose Go > “Connect to Server,” and then open the pop-up menu to the far right of the Server Address field and choose a recent server.
  • Add shared computers, network areas, and workgroups to the Finder sidebar. Select the item, and then choose File > Add To Sidebar or press Command (⌘)-T.
  • Add a shared computer or server to your list of favorites. Choose Go > “Connect to Server,” enter the network address, and then click Add (+).
Published Date: Nov 11, 2015
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