This is Part 3 of a 3 part tutorial on HOWTO set up both your Windows PC and your Apple Mac to allow you to access a shared folder on your Microsoft Windows PC from your Apple MAC. If you’ve landed here by mistake and are looking for Part 1 or Part 2 then click a link below.
This HOWTO explains how to access your Windows files from an Apple Mac. If you are looking for the opposite, ie. you’re trying to access your Apple Mac from your Windows PC then try this article:
HOWTO: Share your Mac OS files with Windows over the Network
Step 3 – Connect and Add Shortcut
If you’ve gotten this far then you’re nearly there.
On your MAC:
- Open your Finder and click Go > Connect to Server
- In the Server Address field, enter the following:
- You should now be prompted for Login information as per screenshot below
- You must enter the username and password that you setup in Windows in Part 2 of this tutorial
- At this point, your MAC should connect to your PC and a window should open automatically displaying all of the files in the folder you shared on the Mac
- After it opens you can optionally drag the Share into the sidebar of your Finder for quick access.
If it doesn’t work, here’s a few pointers –
- Temporarily disable the firewall on both your Mac & PC to see if that’s blocking it
- Double check your TCP/IP settings
- Go back over the steps and make sure username, password, shared folder, etc are all correct
- Leave a comment below and we’ll see if we can sort it
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