This brief tutorial will show you how to share files and folders between the guest OS (Windows) and the host (OS X) using Parallels.
- The very first thing you need to do to (easily) share files and folders between Windows and OS X is install Parallels Tools. Though the instructions (from the previous link) are specific to Windows Vista, they’re very similar for XP.
- Once Parallels Tools has been installed, shut down Windows. Back in the Parallels configuration window, click the Edit button.
- Select Shared Folders in the the Resource column. Make sure that Enable shared folders is checked and then click the + (plus) button.
- Give your shared folder a name and then click the Browse… button. Navigate to the folder you want to share with Windows, and select it. Enter a description (if you want, it’s not mandatory) and then click OK.
- Make sure Parallels now knows to share the folder and then power up Windows.
- Once Windows has started, double-click the Parallels Shared Folders icon on the desktop
- Your newly shared folder should now be visible. Double-click it..
- And there’s the folder in OS X you selected to share!