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Friday, 13 March 2015

Sharing Your File Between Windows And Mac

Instructing your Windows computer to share files is relatively straight-forward, but first you have to make sure you’ve enabled file sharing. Head to the Control Panel, then to Network and Internet, then HomeGroup and sharing options, then Advanced sharing settings. Ensure that file and printer sharing is turned on for your current network.



The hard part is done, let’s get to the actual sharing!
On your Windows computer, right-click the folder you’d like to share to the network, then clickProperties and open the Sharing tab.




You should see a Share… button. Click it.




Specify which users you would like to see and modify the folder in question. On a home network allowing everyone to see, and specific users to edit, is often the best policy – use your discretion.
File sharing is now set up, so let’s head over to your Mac. Open the Finder and you should see the Windows computer in the sidebar under Shared.




Click it, and you’ll be asked whether you want to log in. If you don’t need write access, “Guest” should work. Otherwise, log in with the username and password from your Windows machine.




Once you log in, you can start browsing files. It works pretty much like you’d expect.




Congratulations: you’ve set up your Windows computer to share files, and opened them on your Mac. 

Now let’s try it the other way around.
On your Mac, open up System Preferences, then click Sharing.



Take note of the Computer Name field at the top of the window – you’ll need it later.
Click the checkbox beside “File Sharing” and file sharing is turned on. Now click the Optionsbutton.


Ensure that SMB is enabled – this is the kind of file sharing used by Windows computers. You should also enable Windows File Sharing for your account (by checking the box in the field below), if you’d like full access to your Mac’s file system from Windows computers on your network.
Now head to your Windows computer and open Windows Explorer. With any luck, you should see your Mac from here.



If your Mac doesn’t show up, don’t panic: just type “\\” followed by your Mac’s name (as seen earlier) into Explorer’s address bar. In my case, this would be “\\BSK”. If this doesn’t work, you can also type “\\” followed by your Mac’s IP (which you can find, on your Mac, in the File Sharingpane in System Preferences).
When you do manage to connect, you should see this prompt for your password:



Type the username and password you use to log in to your Mac, and you’ll have access to all folders. You’re in!
If you’d rather not share your entire filesystem, or wish Windows users didn’t need to remember a password, you’ll need to create a sharing account. Head to the Users & Groups section of System Preferences, then create a new account.



Make sure the account is marked as “Sharing Only”, as seen above, and give it an easy-to-remember name. Head back to the Sharing section, and give this account access to the folders you’d like to share – you can make that access Read Only, if you’d rather people not mess with your files.

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