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How to Create a File Sharing Account in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Snow Leopard makes sharing files on your Mac with other Mac users a piece of cake. Remember, however, that you need to create an account for anyone you want to give file access to. The accounts that you create can access only three folders:

The Home folder icon always bears the short account name for the user who’s currently logged
The Home folder icon always bears the short account name for the user who’s currently logged in.
  • The account’s Home folder: That specific account’s Home folder carries a short version of the username that’s in the Users folder on your hard drive.

  • The account’s Public folder: Each user account you create also has a Public folder located within its Home folder. Any files you place in the Public folder can be accessed by any user on your Mac.

  • The Shared folder: This folder is also in the Users folder on your hard drive. Anyone with an account on your Mac can access the Shared folder, so it’s a great place to keep common files that everyone wants to copy or use.

To create an account, you need to be logged in as an Admin user. Follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu or the Dock.

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  2. Click the Accounts icon.

  3. Click the New Account button, which carries a plus sign.

  4. Fill in the appropriate information, including the name for the account and a password.

    Note that the name that appears as the short name determines the name of that user’s Home folder.

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  5. Click Create Account.

  6. Press Command+Q to exit System Preferences.

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