When you are working on a computer that has multiple user accounts, you may at some point have the need to move files from one user to another. This is a process that might seem difficult and time consuming to do, but in reality it is the opposite for both Windows and Mac.
Method 1 of 2: Move files from one user to another in Windows
Step 1. Login to your Windows user account
By doing so you will have access to your files on the computer.
Step 2. Click the Start button
This button is at the bottom left of the desktop.
Step 3. Click on "Computer" in the right pane of the Start menu
Doing so will open Windows Explorer.
Step 4. Find the files to transfer
Go to the folder where the files you want to transfer are.
Step 5. Select the files you want to transfer to select them
To shade the file you just have to click on it.
- If you want to select (or highlight) more than one file, press the Ctrl key and without releasing it click on each file you want to transfer.
- If you want to select all files, press Ctrl + A to automatically select all.
Step 6. Copy the files
After you select the files, you can start the transfer process, but this will depend on the version of Windows you have:
- If you have Windows 7, click the Edit button on the menu bar and a drop-down menu will appear. Click "Move to Folder" to remove the folder from the current directory and transfer it to the place you want, or click "Copy to folder" to copy the selected files.
- If you have Windows 8, the "Move To" or "Copy To" buttons at the top of the window will be activated after you select the files. Choose either option, and then select "Choose location" from the drop-down menu.
Step 7. Select the location where you are going to transfer the files
After selecting either "Move to …" or "Copy to …", select the Public Access folder as the destination folder and then click "Move" or "Copy."
Your files will be copied (or moved) to the Public Access folder. Now it's just a matter of another computer user logging into your account and grabbing the files from the Public Access folder
Method 2 of 2: Move files from one user to another on Mac
Step 1. Log into your Mac user profile
This way you will have access to the files on your computer.
Step 2. Find the files you want to move
Use the system file explorer and go to the directory where the files you want to transfer are.
Step 3. Copy the files you want to transfer
Do this by selecting the files and then pressing the CMD + C key combinations.
Step 4. Go to Shared Folder
Go to this folder on the hard drive where the system files are installed; Macintosh HD. Click on "Users" then "Shared" to access the folder.
Step 5. Copy the files into the Shared folder
Now users from other accounts will be able to see and use the files you just put in the folder.