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How to create a shared folder?

  • Parallels Desktop 3 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 2.x for Mac Standard Edition


Shared Folder tool from the Parallels Tools set is used for transferring files between Primary and Guest Operating Systems and as a temporary solution for Firewire and USB 2.0 external mass storage devices.

Please install Parallels Tools before the operation

1.Power off your Guest OS

2. Open File → Edit Configuration


3. Open Shared Folder Options, press “+” button. Click the “Browse” button and specify the folder you want to share with your Guest OS, as well as Input Name, Path, Description (option) and select the Enabled checkbox. If you enable the “Read Only” checkbox then you will have no write permission for this folder.

4. Click the “OK” button. Your folder is already in the shared folders list and enabled. Then click the “OK” button to save changes in Configuration Editor.

5. Power on your Guest OS

The shared folder is accessible via the shortcut on Desktop. Parallels Shared Folders are also accessible in guest OS in "My network places" → "Entire network" → "Parallels Shared Folders".In some cases you will not see your shared folder shortcut on your desktop. Then type \.psf in the My Computer address bar. You will see your folder.

You can map your shared folder so that it will be visible like a Network Drive in My Computer:

a) Open My Computer Menu → tools → Map Network Drive…

b) Specify the valid path to your shared folder, for instance,

"My network places"->>"Entire network"->"Parallels Shared Folders"

c) Click the”finish” button

Now your folder will appear in My Computer as a Network Drive

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