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Remove shared folder from guest account

320 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2012 2:12 AM by Richatom RSS
Richatom Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Dec 6, 2012 2:23 AM

If I log in to my guest account, there is a "shared folder" which contains various shared windows folders which are relics from using "Migrate my data" to bring stuff over from my old PC. I have no idea how they ended up here. How can I get rid of them and clean up my guest account? Is there a way to delete the guest account and rebuild it?


I have no shared folders set up in my administrator account, so I can't see how to disable this phantom sharing from my admin account.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.0.x), Thunderbolt
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 4:24 AM (in response to Richatom)

    What you're probably seeing is the contents of the Shared folder that is in the Users folder.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to Richatom)

    Yes, that is the case, but how do I delete it?


    The Shared folder is a standard part of the system. You can delete it if you want by simply throwing it in the trash (from an admin account), but I don't advise doing that. Just move anything you don't want the Guest user to see out of the Shared folder and into some other folder.


    I suspect that this is linked to another issue I have, that is a phantom shared PC in my administrator account's Finder window.


    Not related. The Shared section of the sidebar in a Finder window shows other devices on your network that you can connect to.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 3:30 AM (in response to Richatom)

    Thank you, but the strange issue is that in my Adminstrator account I do not have any shared folders set up. All sharing is turned off.


    You're looking in the wrong place, from the sounds of it. Sharing, in System Preferences -> Sharing, does not have any relation to this folder. As I said before, the Shared folder is in the Users folder. If you're not sure where that is, choose Go To Folder from the Finder's Go menu and type the following path in the box:




    Then click the Go button. That will take you to the Users folder, where you should find the Shared folder you're seeing from your Guest account.


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