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10.5: Quickly enable or disable sharing on any folder Desktop
It is now possible to share a folder very easily in Leopard. Right or control-click, and choose Get Info from the contextual menu (or just press Command-I). In the dialog, there's a new checkbox called "Shared Folder" If you check this, the folder and its contents are instantly shared.

[robg adds: You'll still need to set up user access for this folder, using either the Sharing & Permissions section of the Get Info window, or the File Sharing section of the Sharing System Preferences panel.]
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10.5: Quickly enable or disable sharing on any folder
Authored by: tomsinclair on Nov 14, '07 07:56:06AM

I tried this hint and a drop-down box indicated that I had to enable file sharing first. Makes sense, so I clicked the button "Open Sharing Preferences". Not only can you easily add shared folders from the preference pane but if you click on "Options" you can enable AFP, FTP or SMB sharing (or any combination) from a single pane.

The more I use Leopard the more I'm pleasantly surprised by all the little details like this I discover.



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10.5: Quickly enable or disable sharing on any folder
Authored by: nmerriam on Nov 14, '07 11:50:33AM

Yeah, in general the sharing is improved, though I do think it will cause more problems for less technical users. Moving the SMB setting to the options sheet makes sense, but unless you know what the heck SMB is (which most home users don't), you wouldn't know to turn it on for your home network. The way it was in Tiger with "Windows File Sharing" explicitly called out was less consistent, but much more discoverable.

I think a LOT more people are going to scratching their heads trying to figure out why they just turned on sharing for a folder but their Windows box can't see it.



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