Folders

7 easy ways to share files between two Macs

iCloud Drive Folder on Mac to Share Files

Whether you have two Macs of your own or just in your household, file sharing is likely to come up now and then. You may want to share a financial spreadsheet, PDF of a contract, receipt from a purchase, or similar document.

Here, we’ll show you seven super easy ways to share files between two Mac computers. Each is simple in its own way. So, the one you choose can depend on the confidentiality of the document, access to the services, or pure preference.

6 ways to find the full path of a file or folder on Mac

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As you know, your computer stores files using a hierarchical structure. So if you need to find the full path of a file, it’s good to know the various ways you can do so on macOS. You might want the path name to create a shortcut, need it for an app, or would like it as a reference for yourself.

We’ve covered different ways for finding and displaying the full path of a file. Here, we’ll round up those methods for you and include a couple more. So the next time you need the path name of a file or folder on your Mac, you can use whichever is easiest or most comfortable for you.

How to lock files, folders, and your Desktop on Mac

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Many times we take precautions to secure our digital items from others. We password-protect things like files and folders to prevent changes by others. But who protects us from ourselves?

If you’ve ever changed a file or moved a folder by mistake, then you know what I mean. The worst is when you do something like that and don’t even realize it until you need the item.

On your Mac, you can lock files, folders, and your Desktop (folder) to prevent unwanted changes. This doesn’t require a password. It’s just a simple “lock” to keep you, or someone else, from editing, moving, or even removing a file or folder. Here’s how it works.

How to manage permissions for files and folders on Mac

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If you share your Mac with others and don’t set up separate user accounts or allow others to connect via file sharing, you may have some items that you want to protect. You can password-protect and encrypt folders and you can add passwords to certain files. But maybe you just want a fast way to make sure no changes are made to your items.

Believe it or not, it’s very simple to change permissions for the files and folders on your Mac. You can decide what access to give, if any, and apply those permissions to groups along with individuals. Here’s how to manage permissions for files and folders on your Mac.

How to create and manage folders in the Shortcuts app

Create New Folder Shortcuts iPad

The Shortcuts app received some love with the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates in the form of folders. You can create folders and move shortcuts into them to keep everything organized.

This structure is a great improvement over the previous version of Shortcuts where all of your shortcuts were displayed on a single screen. This isn’t ideal for those of us who have tons of shortcuts.

So if you’re ready to get organized, here’s how to create and manage folders in Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad.

How to create folders and file recordings in Voice Memos

Create Folders in Voice Memos iPad

While the Voice Memos app gives you a great way to capture notes with dictation, the app has been lacking in ways to organize it. This has been especially disappointing for those who use the app often and have many recordings.

Luckily with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur, Apple made some updates to Voice Memos and one of the improvements is the ability to use folders. This means you don’t have to rely solely on a naming convention to keep your recordings organized.

Here’s how to create folders and file your recordings in Voice Memos.

New to Mac? How to work with tabs in Finder

Finder Tab Overview

We’ve walked you through the basics of using Finder. For those new to Mac, it’s a key tool to become familiar with on macOS. One important aspect of using Finder is the tabs feature.

Just like working in Safari or another browser, you can use tabs for opening multiple sites rather than a new window for each, and Finder works the same way. By opening your different Finder folders in tabs instead of separate windows, you can make working between them easier. Plus, you can conserve some screen space.

Here we’re going to give you helpful tips and steps for working with tabs in Finder so that you can make the most of this all-important Mac tool.

6 simple ways to arrange your Home screen icons on iPhone or iPad

Arrange Your iPhone Home Screen

For as often as we use our devices and the number of apps we download, keeping our Home screens organized is important. You want to be able to tap that app you need right now without hunting for it. And it’s certain that we all arrange our icons differently.

If you’re struggling for the best way to arrange your iPhone or iPad Home screen, so that you can quickly and easily find the app you need, here are six creative methods.

How to create and edit Smart Folders in Spark on iPhone, iPad and Mac

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Just like smart mailboxes in the Mail app, you can set up smart folders in the Spark email app. This makes organizing your inbox easier, plus gives you a specific spot to go to for those particular emails you need.

You can use smart folders in Spark for travel arrangements, purchase receipts, or work-related emails. Or, you can set them up for emails you received in certain time frame, with a particular type of attachment, or from a specific sender.

Whatever you might find smart folders useful for in Spark, here’s how to create and edit them on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to create subfolders in Mail on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Create Mail Subfolder Mailbox iPhone

Apple’s Mail app has some nice features for organizing your inbox. You can use Smart Mailboxes that automatically filter and grab messages or use flags to call out certain emails. So if you’re looking for another way to keep your inbox under control, consider using subfolders.

While Apple doesn’t technically call folders or subfolders by those names, and uses the word Mailbox instead, it’s much simpler for many people to refer to them as folders.

If you’re new to the Mail app or just haven’t spent a lot of time organizing your accounts, here’s how to create subfolders in Mail on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Creative ways to use dates in Smart Folders to stay on top of things

Save New Smart Folder Mac

The Smart Folders feature on Mac gives you a great way to collect items that match specific criteria. You can use Smart Folders for business or pleasure and instead of searching for files, images, or documents.

We have a basic tutorial for how to use Smart Folders on Mac if you’re just getting started. But if you’ve used Smart Folders before, you might be interested in additional ways these handy folders can be even more useful.

To keep up with your work or school projects, here are several creative ways to use dates as conditions for Smart Folders on your Mac.

How to create folders in Photos on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Created Folder in Photos Mac

Most of us have a lot of photos and even videos on our devices. So keeping those organized can help us find and share what we want much faster. One way to organize items in Photos is to create albums, and you can do this on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. But what happens if your albums end up getting out of control too?

This is where folders come in. The difference between albums and folders in Photos is that albums contain your photos while folders contain your albums. It’s sort of a hierarchy structure, if you will.

To help you organize your photos and albums further, we’ll show you how to create folders in Photos on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.