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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Sharing files on a network


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Sharing files on a network

Like previous versions of Mac OS X, Lion has an easy way to share files between computers on a local network and it's called File Sharing. We are going to take a look at that now. So I will go to System Preferences > Sharing, and I make sure that File Sharing is not only selected, but also the little checkmark appears next to it. You can tell it's on by the green button here, indicating it's switched on. Now the way this works by default is that you will have one folder on your computer that's shared. This is called your Public folder and I'll show you where that is.
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Sharing files on a network

Like previous versions of Mac OS X, Lion has an easy way to share files between computers on a local network and it's called File Sharing. We are going to take a look at that now. So I will go to System Preferences > Sharing, and I make sure that File Sharing is not only selected, but also the little checkmark appears next to it. You can tell it's on by the green button here, indicating it's switched on. Now the way this works by default is that you will have one folder on your computer that's shared. This is called your Public folder and I'll show you where that is.

So I will go to Finder window > Public and inside there is something called the Drop Box. The Drop Box is a folder that people can copy files to, but can't see the contents of nor can they pull files out of it. So it's a way for people to transfer files to you without seeing what else is in there, which is helpful because let's say you are in a work environment and lots and lots of people are throwing files your way in your Drop Box. You don't necessarily want everybody to see what else is in that Drop Box. So that's for your eyes only. Now you can add shared folders if you like and to do that, create a folder first, I am going to call this For Ian, click the Plus button, and then navigate to that folder.

You can see it's here. If I actually wanted to drag that in for the navigation, I could drag it here and it would take us there. I will click on the Add button and now we have a folder that's ready for sharing. Now I just have to assign people who can access this folder, so I click on the Plus button and I can assign anybody that has an account on this computer or, and this is pretty slick, click Address Book and then assign the folder to someone who you have in your Address Book. So in this case, this Fleming character, click on Select and then prompted for a password which I will provide to that person and then Create Account.

They are added to the list of people who now can access this folder. All I have to do now is assign privileges to them. Currently, it's set at read only, so they can see what's in the folder, but they can't do anything else with it. If I give them read and write privileges however, they can not only read files that are in there, but they can add files to the folder as well and we are going to leave it at that setting. Now it happens that Ian has set up a folder for me on his computer. So we are just connecting to that folder and here's that folder for Chris and I can see that file that's in there.

If I like to, I can just drag it to my computer and now I've moved it to my Mac by File Sharing. If I want to write something to that folder, however, I have to connect as a user. So I enter a username and password and it's the name of the account on Ian's computer that I'm logging into. Now again, I can see the contents of the folder, but because I am logged in I can also copy contents to it. So I will take this for Ian folder, plus sign indicates that I can copy items to that folder and that's what I have done.

I can also see any other public folders he has on there and because I'm logged in as a user, I can also get into his Ian office folder if I like. And if I want to log off, all I have to do is click Disconnect and that removes the Ian Office folder. However, I can still see those folders that are being shared, but again, I can't write to them until I log into that account. So, I am going to clean up my Desktop a little bit. And that is File Sharing under Lion.

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