New PC user to Mac with user questions

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

  1. ssyba macrumors newbie

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    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

    MrSmith

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    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

    robbieduncan

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    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

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    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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