OS X Yosemite: Access another Mac user’s Public folder and Drop Box

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Access another Mac user’s Public folder and Drop Box
Open someone’s Public folder

Another Mac user on your local network can share files with you by putting them in his or her Public folder. You can also share your files with another local Mac user by putting them in the person’s Drop Box (a folder inside the Public folder).

  1. Click the desktop to make sure you’re in the Finder.

  2. In a Finder sidebar, below Shared, click the computer you want to share files with.

    If you don’t see the computer below Shared, see Connect to shared computers and file servers on a network.

  3. Click the user’s Public folder.

    If you don’t see a Public folder on the other Mac, make sure it has file sharing turned on. See Share your files with other Mac users.

  4. Do either of the following:

    • Drag files from the user’s Public folder to your computer.

    • Drag files from your computer to the Drop Box in the user’s Public folder.

If you know the Computer Name specified in the other user’s Sharing preferences, you can connect to the other Mac by choosing Go > Connect to Server and entering the name.

Published Date: Sep 14, 2017
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