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Understanding synchronizing and sharing folders on Mac

You can synchronize folders between your computer and your Syncplicity account. When you synchronize, the content is stored in both your desktop and a Syncplicity cloud or a storage area designated by your IT department.

When you synchronize a folder on your desktop client, all the folders and files within that folder are also synchronized by default. This folder becomes a top-level folder. Any folder within that folder is a subfolder. Files are synchronized only when in a folder that is synchronized.

TIP: You can see your top-level folders from the Syncplicity icon in the top menu bar, as described in Viewing and managing folders and files for Mac.

You can choose to share content that has been synchronized. When you share content, you grant access to other users. Only synchronized content can be shared. When you share a file, only that file is shared. When you share a folder, all the files and folders within that folder are shared.

Ownership and permissions

The person who shares the folder or file is the Owner. As the Owner, you have unique permissions to the shared content.

When you share a folder, you can grant Editor or Reader permissions to other users.

  • An Editor can add or change content.
  • A Reader can only view content.

When you share your folder with other users, those users can, in turn, share the folder with others. However, a user with Reader permission can grant only Reader permission when sharing the folder.

Users can change permissions or remove only those users that they invited to share the folder. As the owner, you can change permissions or remove any user, even those you did not directly invite.

Only the owner can permanently delete any subfolder or file in a shared folder.

Sharing folders

Any folder on your desktop can be shared. You are able to share any sub-folder of an already existing shared folder with additional participants. See sharing a sub-folder for more details.

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