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Chapter 8. Sharing Files from Your Mac

"It's mine and you can't have it!"

"No, it's mine!"

"I want it!"

"You can't have it!"

Anyone who's ever been around kids for any length of time has heard that exchange at some point. Such lovely banter, isn't it? Okay, maybe not, but it's an inevitable part of childhood; everyone eventually has to learn how to share with others. Before you think this has turned into a child psychology or parenting book, there actually is a connection in this example with your Mac. Children have the basic tools necessary for sharing with others (physical, emotional, and mental), but they need to be shown how to use those tools. By the same token, your Mac has all the tools it needs to share (file protocols, networking capabilities, and so on), but also has to be "taught" how to use those tools to communicate with other entities. That's what this chapter is all about, so let's get started.

Explore Leopard's Sharing Preferences

The first task to undertake is to become familiar with Leopard's sharing preferences. These preferences are where you tell Leopard what protocols to use when sharing via a network, and inform it how those protocols should be utilized.

To locate these preferences:

  1. Click the Apple menu in the upper left of your screen and choose System Preferences.

  2. Click the Sharing icon in the Internet & Network section.

  3. Ogle the wonders of the ...

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