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  1. #1


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    Sharing menu not available?
    Hi,

    I recently purchased a slightly used Mac Mini (running Snow Leopard). I'm trying to share my internet with my older laptop using airport. I can create a network and connect to it, however I can't actually share the internet.

    I know that I have to go into the "Sharing" menu of System Preferences, but therein lies the problem. When I open System Preferences there is no Sharing tab. Under Internet and Wireless, I only have "MobileMe", "Network", and "Bluetooth".

    How do I make my "Sharing" menu reappear? I'm pretty sure it was there a week or so ago when I needed to access it for some other purpose.

    Thanks!
    -Numegil

  2. #2


    Member Since
    May 02, 2009
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    MBP 2.33 4GB: MacPro 8 Core 2.8, 16GB: MacMini 2.26 4GB: MacMin 2.53 4GB: iPhone3GS 32GB
    Hi, welcome to the forums.

    The only thing I can think of is that you inadvertently removed the 'Sharing' preference pane from your Sytem Preferences (this is actually a bit easier to do than you think).

    Go to /System/Library/PreferencePanes. You should see the Sharing preference pane. Double click this and it should ask you if you want to re-install the pane. After this the Sharing pane should be back to normal.

  3. #3


    Member Since
    May 02, 2009
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    Specs:
    MBP 2.33 4GB: MacPro 8 Core 2.8, 16GB: MacMini 2.26 4GB: MacMin 2.53 4GB: iPhone3GS 32GB
    A bit more digging:

    mac | How to restore a missing preference pane | macfidelity

    Might be helpful to others as well.

  4. #4


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    Dec 02, 2011
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    Lion Bump
    and Old thread for sure, but I navigated to Library/PreferencePanes/ and there is nothing there...

    Already checked to make sure they weren't just hidden and yea... still cant find them!

    Running OSX Lion 10.7.2 on a MBP and trying to avoid a full reinstall!

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