sharing one desktop folder

etaf

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Apr 24, 2008
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Surrey, UK
Best to automatically share 1 folder on desktop between iMac and Macbook desktop so that they sync
i thought of icloud drive - BUT it wants to do ALL the desktop and documents
i just want 1 or more specific olders
 

Superspeed500

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Jul 25, 2013
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Best to automatically share 1 folder on desktop between iMac and Macbook desktop so that they sync
i thought of icloud drive - BUT it wants to do ALL the desktop and documents
i just want 1 or more specific olders
Why not create a folder in iCloud drive and then create an alias to that folder? You can then put the alias on your desktop on both Mac computers. I doubt that the folder itself must be on the desktop. An alias should suffice in my opinion.
 

etaf

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Original poster
Apr 24, 2008
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Surrey, UK
Thanks for the quick reply
how do i make an alias - its greyed out
and will timemachine backup the contents of the alias on the iMac ?
 

Superspeed500

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Jul 25, 2013
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Thanks for the quick reply
how do i make an alias - its greyed out
and will timemachine backup the contents of the alias on the iMac ?
Strange. Making an alias by right-clicking on the folder I want to link to and selecting create alias works for me. Not sure about time machine backing up the iCloud drive. I do however know that other syncing services will get backed up by time machine on both computers. Should be possible to use ln (terminal, man ln) to create an alias too.
 

etaf

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Apr 24, 2008
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Surrey, UK
so i dont know what i should be doing then
i created a folder on icloud drive
the right click and copy alias and put on desktop
clearly thats not how to do it either

what are the steps?

i just checked on timemachine and restored an old file from icloud - so that works ok
 

Superspeed500

macrumors regular
Jul 25, 2013
188
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so i dont know what i should be doing then
i created a folder on icloud drive
the right click and copy alias and put on desktop
clearly thats not how to do it either

what are the steps?

i just checked on timemachine and restored an old file from icloud - so that works ok
You need to create the alias manually on both Macs once. All the data will be stored in your iCloud folder, not on the desktop, but you will have quick access to the folder from your desktop on both Macs. Both folders will also stay in sync.