New PC user to Mac with user questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ssyba, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. ssyba macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2006
    First post. Just switched from being a PC user.

    A Question on the different user interfaces and directory structure of a mac. I never used different users with XP, b/c I found it cumbersome and not worth the trouble.

    My wife and I will be the primary users on the account and we will want to share all pictures and music. Is it better to set up a Scott&Emily account rather than two separate users? i.e. if all of our pictures are under my user account, and emily is logged in and connects the camera, I want the pictures to go to the same place and not under "her account".

    How do you guys set this up at home?
  2. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    Personally, it never entered my head for my wife and I to use separate accounts. Maybe if you really need to keep work and private separate, or if you had kids and wanted to preserve the integrity of your files. Otherwise I don't see a need. Question is: what's the worst your wife could do? Or vice versa?

    Oh, and at some point very soon someone is going to mention a supposed porn stash. ;) :rolleyes: :D
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    If you don't want to use separate user accounts then don't. You can setup iTunes, iPhoto and so on to use shared library locations (there's a guide somewhere if you searcg) so you can have separate accounts if you want. The major advantages of this are separate bookmarks, keychains, iChat users...
  4. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    You could make two accounts, but store your common files or photos in a common place.

    Then you can have you own set of preferences / bookmarks / whatever (hidden porn stash).

    So rather than putting your files in "/users/NAME/files" just put them in the base level of the HD "/files".

    You should then be able to iPhoto / iTunes / whatever application to target the files in the common folder.

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