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How to Share a Folder from OS X to Windows

Today we will look at sharing a folder on your Mac with a windows machine. This is a handy feature when trying to collaborate with others or if you are using an older Mac as a file / media server.

If you’re new to OS X and have a home or small office network that includes Windows machines, you might want to share files between them. We have already shown you how to Mount a Windows Share on your Mac. But what if you want to do it the other way around? Here we’ll take a quick look at how easy it is to set up and share a folder in OS X with Windows.

To start you need to open the Sharing preference pane in System Preferences.

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Once you are in there select on the File Sharing option.

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Then you will want to click on the “+” underneath the Shared Folders column.

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Then choose the folder you want to share. In this example we will use cwelker’s Documents folder.

Next click the Options… button. In order be able to see the files from the Windows, machine you will need to click to the Share files and folder using SMB (Windows) option, Also you will want to choose the users accounts who can access the files.

Now you will be able to access your files from the Windows machine. If you need assistance with mapping a network drive in Windows check out Mysticgeek’s article Map a Network Drive from XP to Windows 7.

Chris is a Mac geek who still knows his way around Linux and Windows. He's always looking for a good way to translate geek to english.

  • Published 08/10/10

Comments (3)

  1. Louis

    Thanks I’ve been wondering how to do this. How about the other way around?

  2. David

    Excellent page. Walks right through a niche requirement!

  3. Constance

    Super jazzed about gtientg that know-how.

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