One of the many things I like about the most popular computer operating systems, Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, is the ability to maintain different customized user accounts on the same computer. This ability comes in handy when you have to share the same computer with other family members or colleagues at work.
Truth be told, we all like to have our computer set in a certain way. We like using a certain default program, place a certain wallpaper, have the mouse act in a certain way, and also be able to keep private information on a PC though shared but won’t want others to have access to. All that can be achieved by creating different user accounts for the different people using the same computer. So each user can maintain their privacy and customized settings on the computer.
However, there are certain times you might need to exchange files with another user. There are many ways to go about this, including using a USB stick among other ways. But Geek Savanna is going to show you the easiest way to go about it.
When you want to share a file with another user account, simply move that file to the ‘Public’ user’s folders. These folders are accessible by all user accounts on the computer. So it is the easiest way to share files between different user accounts.
You can now access the ‘Public’ folder and this is where you will place the files in the relevant sub-folders; documents files under the Public Document, downloaded files under the Public Downloads, music files under the Public Music, picture files under the Public Pictures and video files under the ‘Public Videos’. All the files placed in the respective public folders will be accessible by any user from the various user accounts on the computer.
Also, if you are using the same network you can share files between different computers on the same network by placing those files on the ‘Public Folders’. To be able to do this, you first need to enable this option in the ‘Advanced sharing settings’ found in the Network and Sharing menu in the Control Panel settings.After allowing for file and printer sharing on two or more computers connected to the same network. You can now easily share files between the two or more computers by simply placing those files on the Public folder on each individual computer. Other users on different computers will then access the Public folder via the network and get the publicly shared files. Although this is a bit of networking issue but it is fairly simply and can be done with anyone with minimal technical skills.
Additionally, if you are using networked computers, you can share any folders by clicking on the properties, go to the ‘Sharing’ tab and choosing how you want to share the file. For more updates on such tips, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @GeekSavanna or on Facebook.com/GeekSavanna.