Folder Sharing between 2 users on one mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rptinnyc, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have my wife and I set up as separate users on our imac but I want to be able to share my "pictures" folder with her. Is there a way to share this folder so that we both have the icon on our desktops and any changes or additions that either of us make will show up in both folders?
    I've figured out how to share a folder under system preferences then sharing but as far as I am aware, the only way for my wife to access this shared folder is for her to open up system preferences and find it that way. I'm hoping this doesn't have to occur each time she wants to access the folder.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks!
    Ryan
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Any folders/files you store in the /Users/Shared folder will be accessible by all users.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you... I think I understand that but now how do I get the folder to appear as an icon on her desktop as well?
     
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    Weaselboy

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    Paste the command below into Terminal then hit enter and it will put a link to /Users/Shared on her Desktop.

    You need to do this while logged in to her account.

    You can find Terminal app in /Applications/Utilities.

    Code:
    ln -s /Users/Shared ~/Desktop/Shared
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Another option would be to setup a second partition on your HDD, and setup a folder there that you both share.

    To setup a partition:
    Open Disk Utility
    Create a second partition on your drive
    Then create a folder there
     
  6. macrumors 603

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    A third option is to do GGJstudios option, and then simply create an alias to the pictures folder onto the desktop. You'll probably have to be signed into her account when you do this.

    And/Or you could drag the folder to the sidebar of the Finder.

    And/Or you could drag the folder to Dock.
     
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    Weaselboy

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    That is what the Terminal command from my post above does.
     
  8. macrumors 603

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    Ahh... ok... Thanks... Lots of options for the OP. Though I would have put the actual Pictures Folder onto the Desktop - just because I'm lazy and don't want to open up an extra folder if I don't have to.

    You can tell I don't Terminal much, eh? :)
     
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    Weaselboy

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    :D I just find it faster and easier sometimes on the forums to just have people paste in a Terminal command rather than explain all the clicking around in the Finder to do the same thing. Less room for error.
     
  10. macrumors 68020

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    Technically, a symbolic link and a Finder Alias are not the same thing. Though "good enough for most purposes", there are differences in how they function.
     
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    Weaselboy

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    I am aware of that (that's why I called it a link in my first post), but for OP's purposes I did not see the point in turning this into a technical discussion of the differences.
     

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