Sharing Files Between Your PC and Your Mac
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You can configure a Windows folder shared between the PC and the Mac. Windows file sharing is available for local and remote folders using the Share with command (Windows 7 and Windows 8), available on the context menu for folders in Windows Explorer.
To share a folder on the Mac with your Windows system
On the Mac:
- Open System Preferences > Sharing. The Sharing page opens.
- Enable the File Sharing option from the left-hand list of options.
- Under Shared Folders, click +. On the dialog that opens, select a folder and click Add to add it to the list of shared folders.
- Click Options. On the dialog that opens, enable "Share files and folders using SMB (Windows)", and click Done.
- Open a file browser window (Windows Explorer).
- On the path field, on the top of the window, type two backslashes (
\\) followed by the IP address or hostname of the Mac, and press Enter. For example:
- Tip: The Sharing window on the Mac displays both your Mac IP address and hostname (computer name).
- Windows Explorer shows you the list of folders shared on the Mac. You can access your shared folder from there.
Alternatively, you can use a network file server, such as an FTP server.