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Going Back to Your Mac

The moment of truth has arrived: It’s time to go back to your Mac from afar! It’s amazingly easy. In fact, it’s just like accessing your Mac from a local network. Follow these steps:

  1. In the sidebar of a Finder window, click the name of the Mac you want to access.
  2. You’ll need to access the Mac for file sharing, so, if necessary, click the Connect As button and log in. Then you can choose the folder or volume you want to browse and work with it as if it’s a disk on a local network (see Figure 7).
Figure 7

Figure 7 There’s no real difference between file sharing on a local network and file sharing with Back to My Mac.

Here’s another method:

  1. To operate the Mac, click Share Screen. Log in if necessary.
  2. The other Mac’s screen appears in a screen sharing window on your desktop. Figure 8 shows how my new 24-inch iMac’s screen looks when displayed on my 15-inch MacBook Pro. (Yes, I do keep my desktop that neat.)
  3. When you’re finished using screen sharing, just close the window.
Figure 8

Figure 8 In this illustration, I’m making some changes to my pilot résumé from 2,400 miles away. Then I can use the iMac’s fax modem to fax the document from my office to a prospective employer. How cool is that?

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