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I am hoping someone can guide me to the best way to do this...

I have a Macbook now. Its a few years old (love it by the way!) I just took the plunge and ordered a new IMac for home use. Can I network the 2 together using WiFi and access the information that is on the laptop? We also have a few PC's in the house (I am the only Mac owner) I am going to have to move my ITunes and IPhoto libraries to the IMac also and not quite sure how to do that. Ideally i would like to be able to take the laptop and work on it and come home and turn it on and access the documents from the IMac. I am not really a tech kind of person on the Mac, I just like to do what I need to do quick and easy like! I never have really played with the settings either so I don't really know what it is capable of!

Thanks for any guidance you all can offer.
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They should detect each other over the wifi network and appear in the left bar of finder.

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Just to add to SweetCosmicPope's answer, by default the only thing that can be seen on another Mac on the network is the Public folder of a logged-in user.

If you want to share other things, you have to set that up yourself.
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