I am very new to Macs, but recently pruchased a desktop and a laptop to help get me through my doctoral program. My question is how do I easily transfer files between the two machines? If I'm working on a document on my laptop I'd like to be able to acces it on my desktop and then transfer that file back to the laptop. Is that even possible?
Click on the desktop and do Command+N to get a new Finder window and you should have the other computer listed like this:
For 'Connect to Server' - if you click on the desktop and do Command+K you will get a window like this:
the afp://..... address is the IP address of another computer on my network. If the box doesn't populate with the number of the other computer you can manually input the information. The IP address of the other computer can be found in (among other places): System Preferences>Sharing>File Sharing - the address is on the right.
You can get Dropbox from here. There's a useful video on the site explaining how it works. It's very easy to use: