IMac As Monitor For Windows PC Archives

IMac As Monitor For Windows PC Archives

iMac As Monitor For Windows PC Archives

iMac As Monitor For Windows PC Archives

Do you need to transfer files from Mac to Windows? Don't worry; it's a straightforward process.

There are a few different approaches you can take. You can easily do a Mac to Windows file transfer using both operating systems' native tools. Alternatively, there are a few third-party solutions worth checking out.

Below we explain how to transfer files from Mac to Windows, as well as how to transfer files from PC to Mac.

How to Transfer Files From Mac to Windows

The most obvious way to transfer files from Mac to Windows is to use the built-in functions that both operating systems offer.

However, this has one significant drawback. The process will only work if both the Mac and Windows computers are on the same local network. If they aren't, you can skip ahead to the section on third-party solutions.

Set Up File Sharing on a Mac

To share files between a Mac and PC, there are some settings that you'll need to tweak. First, you need to allow your Mac to share its files. Follow these steps to do this:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  2. Go to System Preferences > Sharing.
  3. Mark the checkbox next to File Sharing in the left panel.
  4. Click on the Options button and a new window will open.
  5. Enable the checkbox next to Share files and folders using SMB.
  6. Additionally, tick the box next to Share files and folders using AFP.
  7. In the Windows File Sharing section below, mark the checkbox alongside each user whose files you want to share.
  8. Enter the users' passwords.
  9. Click on Done.

You'll now be back on the Sharing window. Next, you need to choose which folders and users you're going to share with your Windows computer. Press the Plus (+) and Minus (-) buttons below Shared Folders and Shared Users to adjust your preferences.

Finally, you need to make a note of your Mac's IP address. You will see this below the File Sharing: On message.

Access Mac Files on Windows

Now it's time to head to your Windows computer. Follow the instructions below to transfer files from Mac to Windows:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. In the address bar at the top of the window, type \\ followed by your Mac's IP address. It should look something like this: \\
  3. A new window will pop up asking for a username and password.
  4. Enter the credentials exactly as they appear on your Mac.

File Explorer will display any folders and users that you've added to the Shared Folders and Shared Users lists on your Mac. You can move, edit, and copy folders like any other Windows folders. Thus, to transfer a file from Mac to Windows, just drag and drop it into one of your local folders.

How to Transfer Files From PC to Mac

That wasn't too tough, right? Now let's look at the reverse process: how to transfer files from Windows to Mac.

Set Up File Sharing on Windows

To begin, you need to make sure that Network Discovery is turned on in Windows. Fire up your Windows PC and work through the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Network & internet.
  2. On the left panel, click on Status.
  3. Under Change your network settings, select Sharing options.
  4. Expand either the Private Network or Public Network menu, depending on your current connection type.
  5. Mark the checkbox next to Turn on network discovery.
  6. Mark the checkbox next to File and printer sharing.
  7. Click on Save changes.

(Note: We don't recommend enabling network discovery or file sharing on public networks. They are typically far less secure than private networks. Instead, use one of the other options we'll briefly discuss later.)

To share folders on a case-by-case basis, right-click on the folder's name and go to Properties > Sharing > Network File and Folder Sharing > Share.

You'll also need to make a note of your Windows machine's IP address (Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi > Hardware Properties) or computer name (Settings > System > About).

Access Windows Files on Mac

Once you're happy with your sharing options, it's time to transfer your files from PC to Mac. Follow the steps below to do this:

  1. Open the Finder app.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, select Go > Connect to Server.
  3. Type either smb://[IP address] or smb://[computer name] and press Enter.
  4. You will be prompted to enter your Windows username and password.
  5. When you're ready, click on Connect.

Your shared Windows content will be available in the Shared section of Finder. To transfer files from your PC to your Mac, just drag and drop as needed.

Other Ways to Share Files Between Mac and PC

You're not limited to the above built-in methods; there are other ways to share files from Windows to Mac. These methods will work if your two computers are not on the same network.

1. Use a Cloud Storage Service

Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive all have dedicated apps available for both Windows and macOS. Just install them on the two systems and upload/download the files as needed. If you have spare iCloud storage, you might also consider using that to share files.

2. Use a USB Stick

A simple-but-effective solution for anyone who needs to transfer files from Mac to Windows quickly is to use a USB flash drive. If you don't own one, we recommend the SanDisk Ultra Flair 128GB model on Amazon.

3. Use Your Own Server

If you've already paid for web hosting, you could upload a file using FTP and download it back onto your other machine.

Some of the best web hosting services include WP Engine, InMotion, and Bluehost.

Learn More About Mac to Windows File Transfers

Hopefully, the various methods we've discussed will help you to share files between a Mac and a PC with ease. If you also need to do this with your phone, check out the easiest ways to transfer files between computers and mobile devices.

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How to Access Mac Files from a Windows PC

Apple is becoming more popular everyday (I love my MacBook and it’s selling in record numbers this year), yet most people still have Windows PCs at home. If you are running both Macs and PCs on your network, there’s a good chance you might want to share files between your Mac and PC. You can do this in one of two directions: either access Mac files from a Windows PC or access Windows files from a Mac.

Today I’m going to talk about how you can share files on your Mac and access them on your PC. The process is fairly simple and should work as long as you are on the same network and don’t have any over zealous security settings configured on your Mac.

The first thing you’ll need to do is enable file sharing on your Mac. Here’s how to do it.

Enable File Sharing on Mac OS X

First go to the System Preferences menu option by clicking on the Apple icon at the top left and then clicking on System Preferences.

Now click on the Sharing icon, which is where we need to go to configure all the sharing options.

Before you get started, make sure to click on the little gold lock icon at the bottom left otherwise everything will be greyed out and you won’t be able to make any changes.

Now go ahead and check the File Sharing box under Service to enable file sharing. This one dialog pretty much contains all the settings and options for sharing. Starting at the top, you can change your computer name to something less complex so Windows users have an easier time connecting. If you don’t, OS X will give it a short name automatically so that Windows can recognize it. Click the Edit button to change the name.

You’ll also see the IP address for the computer listed by the Options button. Under Shared Folders, the Public folder is shared out by default. Click the little + (plus) button to share any folder on your hard drive. Under Users, you can see the standard permissions and edit them as you see fit.

The only other thing you have to do is click on the Options button and you’ll see a section at the bottom called Windows File Sharing. In order to connect from a Windows machine, you have to check the box next to the user name and enter your password. For whatever reason, OS X has to store your Mac user account password in a less secure way in order to connect from a Windows machine. If you don’t do this step, you’ll be asked to enter the username and password from your Windows machine, but it will just give you an error even if you type it in correctly.

That’s about it from the Mac side. Now it’s time to try connect from your Windows machine.

Connect to Mac from Windows

There are a couple of ways you can do this. One way is to simply open up Explorer and click on Network. You should see the Mac computer listed there.

If Windows asks you to enable Network Discovery, then go ahead and do that. Now when you double-click on the computer name, it should pop up a login dialog box. Enter the same username and password that you had entered in the Windows File sharing dialog on OS X earlier. If the user account on your Mac had spaces, don’t worry because Windows can handle it just fine.

If everything went well, you should see some shared folders now on your Windows computer!

Another way to connect is to use the Run command from the Start Menu. Click on Start, then Run and type in the IP address or computer name:

Now you’ll get the same dialog box where you have to enter the username and password for your Mac user account. You should now be able to copy files back and forth from Windows to Mac and vice versa.

The only setting that can cause issues is the firewall on OS X. Everything should work fine with the firewall enabled with default settings, but if you go to firewall and then Firewall Options, you can block all incoming connections. If this item is checked, then file sharing will no longer work.

Just uncheck that option under firewall options and you should be good to go. If you have any other trouble sharing your Mac files with your PC, post a comment and I’ll see if I can help. Enjoy!

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Understanding Compressed Files and Apple’s Archive Utility

Posted on April 18th, 2018 by Kirk McElhearn

Compressed files and archives are very common. You certainly see these files often—they bear the .zip extension, and contain one or more files that have been shrunk to save space. Archives also allow you to store a number of files in a single file, making them easier to move around or send to others. (For instance, if you sent a hundred text files to someone by email without compressing them, it would be very annoying to receive that many attachments.)

Apple’s macOS uses Archive Utility, a small app hidden away in an obscure folder and used to create and decompress .zip files. The Archive Utility app has some options that may make working with archives easier. In this article, you’ll learn about compressed files and Archive Utility, and we’ll show you some options you can adjust that will make working with compressed files easier.

Where is the Archive Utility?

Archive Utility is a small app hidden in a system folder. To access Archive Utility on your Mac, go to /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. Here you’ll find Archive Utility along with some other apps that you may occasionally use, such as About this Mac, Network Utility and Screen Sharing. All of these apps are generally launched in other ways, but not by double-clicking. About this Mac launches when you click the Apple menu and choose About this Mac. You can launch Screen Sharing by choosing Go > Connect to Server in the Finder.

How to use Archive Utility

In most cases, you’ll use Archive Utility without launching it directly. If you want to compress a file, a folder, or a group of items, select it/them, then right click and choose Compress [item name]. Archive Utility launches, compresses the item(s), and then it quits.

The same is the case if you receive a .zip archive and want to expand it; just double-click the archive. Archive Utility opens, decompresses the archive, and then it quits.

However, if you need to create a lot of archives, you might want to launch the app, so you can drag files and folders onto its Dock icon and not have to bother with the contextual menu.

Archive Utility Preferences

If you launch Archive Utility, then choose Archive Utility > Preferences, you see a small window with a number of options.

Archive Utility preferences can be very useful if you work with compressed files often. There are two sections to the window, with a horizontal rule dividing them. The top section controls what happens when you decompress archives. These settings are as follows:

Save expanded files lets you choose to save decompressed archives in the same folder as the original, or in a specific folder. If you want to use a different location, click the popup menu and choose Into, then select a folder. This can be useful if you get lots of .zip archives—such as daily backups, or database dumps—and want to automatically store them in a specific location after expanding them.

After expanding lets you leave the archive where it is, move it to the Trash, or delete it (without putting it in the Trash). You can choose one of these options from the popup menu. You can also choose Move archive to, and select a folder, if you want to save your archives.

Reveal expanded item(s) in Finder tells Archive Utility to select the decompressed file or folder and bring its window to the front. If you don’t move the expanded files to a different folder, you probably don’t need to change this.

Keep expanding if possible tells Archive Utility to decompress any archives it finds within an archive. This isn’t common, but there are some types of archives that may present like this, such as Unix archives that first use a .tar compressed, then a .gz compression.

The bottom section, below the horizontal line, tells Archive Utility how to create compressed archives.

If you want to tell Archive Utility where to save the archives you create, from the Save archive popup menu, choose Into, then select a location. Otherwise, they are created in the same folder as the original items.

You can use one of three archive formats. Compressed archive, regular archive, and Zip archive.

  • A Compressed archive is a .cpgz archive. This is used on Unix and Linux, and you won’t want to use this format unless you’re sending archives to a computer running one of these operating system.
  • A Regular archive is a .cpio archive, which combines multiple files in a single file without compressing them. As above, you won’t need to use this unless you’re working with other operating systems.
  • A Zip archive is what we’re all familiar with; it combines and compresses files, in some cases reducing the overall size by half or more. It both saves space, and makes it easy to manage large numbers of files. It’s also the most compatible, being readable on both macOS and Windows.

After archiving, Archive Utility can leave files alone (do nothing to them), move them to the Trash, or delete them (without moving them to the Trash). You can also check Reveal archive in Finder to have Archive Utility show you archives when it’s finished. This can be useful if you create large archives that can take several minutes to create, and want a sort of notification when they’re finished.

I prefer to leave all the settings at their defaults, with the exception of the After expanding option; I’ve set that to move archives to the Trash. It’s rare that you’ll need to keep an expanded archive, and this saves time, because you won’t have to manually trash them. You may want to change other settings, especially if you need to keep your .zip archives, or want to expand them in a different location from where you access them (often the Downloads folder).

Archive Utility is an essential tool. With the awareness that you can change some of its settings, you’ll find it easier to work with archives.

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About Kirk McElhearn

Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He is co-host of the Intego Mac Podcast and PhotoActive, and a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS, and several other websites and publications. Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar, and Scrivener. Follow him on Twitter at @mcelhearn. View all posts by Kirk McElhearn → This entry was posted in Apple, How To and tagged archive, Archive Utility, Compress Files, productivity. Bookmark the permalink.
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