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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Accessing Shared Files

So far in this chapter, you've read about setting up a Mac so that people at other computers can access its files.

Now comes the payoff: sitting at another computer and connecting to the one you set up. There are two ways to go about it: You can use Leopard's new, streamlined Sidebar network, or you can use the older, more flexible Connect to Server command. The following pages cover both methods.

Connection Method A: Use the Sidebar

Suppose, then, that you're seated in front of your Mac, and you want to see the files on another Mac on the network. Proceed like this:

  1. Open any Finder window.

    In the Shared category of the Sidebar at the left side of the window, icons for all the computers on the network appear. See Figure 13-8.

    Tip

    The same Sidebar items show up in the Save and Open dialog boxes of your programs, too, making the entire network available to you for opening and saving files.

    If you don't see a certain Mac's icon here, it might be turned off, it might not be on the network, or it might have File Sharing turned off. (And if you don't see any computers at all in the Sidebar, then your computer might not be on the network. Or maybe you've turned off the checkboxes for "Connected Servers" and "Bonjour Computers" in Finder→Preferences→Sidebar.)

    Macs often appear in the Sidebar with model-specific names (MacBook, iMac, and so on). Other computers (like PCs) have generic blue monitors. When you click All in the Sidebar, you see both the icons of individual computers and the icons of network chunks (like AppleTalk zones and Windows workgroups).

    Figure 13-8. Macs often appear in the Sidebar with model-specific names (MacBook, iMac, and so on). Other computers (like ...

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