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Having had my Mac for 4 days now I'm still struggling with the fact that Finder seems to hide the real structure of the hard drive from me, and I'm used to Windows Explorer where I can start right at the root of the drive. Double click on the boot upper right 'Desktop' hard disk drive icon. Double click on the 'Users' folder. Double click on the 'Shared' folder. Via 'Finder's 'Go, Go to Folder Drag the boot upper right 'Desktop' hard disk drive icon onto the 'Dock'. Click on the 'Dock' based icon, navigate to the 'User' folder, and then select the 'Shared' folder's menu item.
Navigating to the 'Shared'. Should you want to have visible all files and folders use ' TinkerTool ' freeware.
Control-click the name of the folder, choose Advanced Options, select desired options, then click OK. See Set advanced file sharing options.
A user with an administrator account can access your entire Mac. To give only specific users or groups access to a folder, select the folder in the Shared Folders list, click the Add button at the bottom of the Users list, then do one of the following:. Add users or groups from everyone on your network: Select Network Users or Network Groups in the list on the left, select one or more names in the list on the right, then click Select.
The Login Items tab shows a list of apps that launch when you log into or start up this Mac. Remove any apps by selecting them in the list and clicking the - icon.
As I said above, administrators can change any settings on the Mac. Only administrators can access locked preference panes; to do so, click the padlock at the bottom of the window then enter your administrator's password. Standard users are limited only in their ability to change certain settings and access system files. Otherwise, each standard user has full access to the files in their home folder — the one with the house icon and their username — and can change any settings in System Preferences that apply to their personal use of the Mac.
Enter the user's full name, then an account name — it's best that this is an abbreviated name — then enter a password and enter it again in the Verify field. If you wish to have a password hint, something to remind the user of their password in case they forget it, you can enter that as well.
Click Create User, and the Mac will create a new account, and a new home folder, for that user. They will be able to log in and access their files.
This type of account is designed for children. If you select Managed with Parental Controls from the New Account menu in the new account sheet, you will see a menu allowing you to select an age. Each of these ages correspond to built-in parental controls in apps like iTunes.
Once you have selected an age, proceed as above for a standard user account. After the account is created, select it in the list of users and check Enable parental controls.
Next, click Open Parental Controls, and enter your password. You have a number of options for limiting what your children can access. A sharing only user account allows a user to access specific shared folders on your Mac. If you use your Mac for file sharing at home or at work, you may want to create accounts for users so they can access files on the computer but do nothing else.
To do this, select Sharing Only from the New Account menu.