How to Connect to a Share via the Finder - dummies

How to Connect to a Share via the Finder

By Doug Lowe

After you join a domain on a network, you can access any of its network shares via the Finder. To use the Finder to access a domain’s shares, follow these steps:

  1. Click Finder.

  2. Choose Go→Connect to Server.

    The Connect to Server dialog box appears.

  3. Type the path that leads to the server share you want to connect to.

    To type a network path, follow this syntax:


    Replace the server-name with the name of the server that contains the share and share-name with the name of the share. For example, to connect to a share named files on a server named lowe01, type smb://lowe01/files.

  4. Click Connect.

    You’ll be prompted for login credentials.

  5. Enter a domain username and password and then click OK.

    Precede the user name with the domain name, separated by a backslash. For example, if the domain name is lowewriter.pri and the user name is Doug, enter lowewriter.priDoug as the username.

    After connection is complete, the files in the share display in the Finder window. You can then open files directly from the share (provided you have the right software, such as Microsoft Office, to read the files). You can also drag and drop files between the Mac and the file shares.