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Sharing Files with Other Users

vista_homebasic.gif Each user has his or her own profile, which means (in part) his or her own user folders, and Vista requires administrator-level credentials for one user to mess with another user's folders. If you want to share files with other users, Vista gives you two methods: the Public folder and Sharing. The latter is the same as network sharing, so see Chapter 23's "Sharing Resources with the Network" section.

Unfortunately, Vista doesn't make it easy to get to the Public folder, for some reason. The only route is to open any folder window, click the top-level drop-down list in the address bar (as shown in Figure 6.11), and then click Public.

Figure 6.11

Figure 6.11 To get to the hard-to-find Public folder, in any folder window, drop-down the list for the address bar's top-level item and then click Public.

Figure 6.12 shows the Public folder and its subfolders. To share a file with other users, copy (or cut) it from its original folder and paste it in one of the Public subfolders.

Figure 6.12

Figure 6.12 Copy or move a file to one of the Public subfolders to share the file with other users.

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