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Enabling Sharing Services

Back to My Mac offers two ways to access your Mac from afar: file sharing and screen sharing. To use these features, they must be enabled on the Mac you plan to access. Follow these steps:

  1. In the .Mac preferences window, click the Open Sharing Preferences button.
  2. To enable screen sharing, select the check box beside the Screen Sharing option. Then select the "Only these users" radio button and click the plus (+) button beneath the list of users to add your account to the list (see Figure 2).
    Figure 2

    Figure 2 For added security, specify who can access the computer for screen sharing.

  3. To enable file sharing, select the check box beside the File Sharing option (see Figure 3). If you’re not the administrator of the computer, make sure that you’re listed in the Users list, with Read & Write privileges for the shared folder you want to access.
  4. Repeat steps 1–3 for each Mac that you expect to access via Back to My Mac.
    Figure 3

    Figure 3 Make sure that file sharing is turned on and that you have read and write access to the folder(s) you’ll need.

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