Network Basics: Macintosh Network File Sharing and Accessing

To share files on your Mac with other network users, you set up a shared resource. You can share a disk or just individual folders and restrict access to certain users.

Before you can share files with other users, you must activate the AppleTalk file-sharing feature. Here’s how:

  1. Choose the File Sharing control panel from the Apple Menu.

  2. Click the Start button in the File Sharing section of the control panel.

  3. Click the Close button.

To share a file or folder, click the file or folder once. Then open the File menu, choose Get Info, and choose Sharing from the submenu that appears. You can also use the Sharing section of the Info window to restrict access to the file or folder.

To access files on another Macintosh, follow this procedure:

  1. Choose the Chooser from the Apple menu.

  2. Click the AppleShare icon from the Chooser window.

  3. Click the name of the computer you want to access. (If your network has zones, you must first click the zone you want to access.)

  4. Click OK.

    A logon screen appears.

  5. If you have a user account on the computer, click the Registered User button and enter your username and password. Otherwise, click the Guest button and then click OK.

    A list of shared folders and disks appears.

  6. Click the folders and disks you want to access.

    A check box appears next to each item. If you check this box, you connect to the corresponding folder or disk automatically when you start your computer.

  7. Click OK.

With Mac OS 8.5 and later, you can also use the Network Browser, found in the Apple menu, to access network drives or folders. Just open the Network Browser from the Apple menu, double-click the server that contains the shared disk or folder, and then double-click the drive or folder you want to use.