How to Connect to a Server on a Mac

When your Mac computer is connected to the Internet, it can easily connect to both Mac and Windows servers that are sharing files on a network. In order to connect to a server, you must know the exact host name or IP address of the server. After establishing a connection to a file-sharing server, you will usually be prompted to enter a valid username and password.

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A Mac computer has built-in features to connect to a server.
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Go to the Finder by clicking on the icon in the Dock.

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Open the "Go" menu, and then select "Connect to Server."

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Enter the IP address or host name of the server in the "Server Address" field.

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Click the "Connect" button, and then select the option you want to use to connect to the server, such as "As a Registered User."

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Enter a valid username and password when prompted to access the shared folders and volumes on the server.