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Sharing Mac Files with a PC

Now let's look at the other side of the picture: opening Macintosh files on a Windows PC.

Start by turning on Windows file sharing:

  1. In Mac OS, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. In the System Preferences window that appears, click the Sharing icon to open the Sharing preferences window.
  3. If necessary, click the Services button to display its options (see Figure 8).
    Figure 8

    Figure 8 Turn on Windows sharing in the Services panel of the Sharing preferences pane.

  4. Select the check boxes for Personal File Sharing and Windows Sharing.
  5. Click Accounts to display a list of accounts, as shown in Figure 9. Select the check box beside an account that you want to access Windows files, enter a password for the account in the Authenticate dialog that appears, and click OK. You can repeat this process for each account in the list that you want to enable. When you're finished, click Done to return to the Sharing preferences window.
    Figure 9

    Figure 9 Indicate which Mac OS X accounts should have access to shared Windows folders.

  6. Select Windows Sharing in the list of services and make a note of the IP address at which Windows users can access your computer. In this example, it's \\\mlanger.
  7. Close the Sharing preferences window.

Next, create a Windows network place for the Macintosh folder:

  1. In Windows, double-click the Network Places icon on the desktop to open the My Network Places window.
  2. Click the "Add a network place" link under Network tasks to open the Add Network Place Wizard.
  3. In the Welcome window, click Next.
  4. Select "Choose another network location" in the window that appears (see Figure 10) and click Next.
    Figure 10

    Figure 10 In the Add Network Place Wizard, select the option to choose another network location.

  5. Enter the IP address you noted in step 6 of the previous set of instructions (see Figure 11) and click Next.
    Figure 11

    Figure 11 Enter the network address for the shared Home folder.

  6. A dialog box like the one in Figure 12 should appear. Enter your user ID and password in the User name and Password boxes and click OK.
    Figure 12

    Figure 12 Enter your account's username and password in a dialog box like this one.

  7. In the next dialog box (shown in Figure 13), enter a name for the network place and click Next.
    Figure 13

    Figure 13 Enter an easy-to-remember name for the new network place.

  8. The last step of the Add Network Place Wizard appears (see Figure 14). To open the folder when you complete the wizard, select the check box. Then click Finish.
    Figure 14

    Figure 14 Clicking Finish in this dialog box opens the network place you just created.

    The Macintosh folder is added as a network place (see Figure 15). If you selected the check box in step 8, the folder opens; otherwise, double-click the folder to open it. The Macintosh folder opens, displaying its contents (see Figure 16).

    Figure 15

    Figure 15 An icon for the new network place appears in the My Network Places window.

    Figure 16

    Figure 16 Opening the network place displays its contents—in this case, the contents of my Mac OS X Home folder.

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