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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Yosemite Edition by David Pogue

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AirDrop

AirDrop is one of OS X’s star attractions. It’s a breakthrough in speed, simplicity, and efficiency. There’s no setup, no passwords involved. It lets you copy files to someone else’s Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch up to 30 feet away, instantly and wirelessly; you don’t need an Internet connection or even a WiFi network. It works on a flight, a beach, or a sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic. It also works if you are on a WiFi network, doing other things online.

You can exchange files with any Mac running OS X Lion or later, and any i-gadget running iOS 7 or later.

Sending by AirDrop

Usually, you’ll begin the sending process in one of two ways:

  • From the Finder. Right-click (or two-finger-click) the file’s icon. From the shortcut menu, choose Share→AirDrop. The box shown in Figure 16-2 appears.

    The icons of nearby AirDrop-friendly Apple gadgets and Macs show up in this fun-sized window. You’ve already said what you want to send; now you just have to specify who gets it. Click the destination device’s icon and then click Send.

    Figure 16-2. The icons of nearby AirDrop-friendly Apple gadgets and Macs show up in this fun-sized window. You’ve already said what you want to send; now you just have to specify who gets it. Click the destination device’s icon and then click Send.

    Note

    Here’s a second way to send something in the Finder: Open the AirDrop window. (It’s listed in the sidebar at the left side of every Finder window. Or choose Go→AirDrop, or press Shift-⌘-R.) Drag the icon(s) you want to send onto the icon of the receiving device (Figure 16-3).

    Figure 16-3. If there are other recent Lion or later Macs within ...

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