Opening a new instance of OSX on the same Macbook Pro?

appleperson1

macrumors member
Original poster
May 21, 2013
31
0
Hi,

I can't even really figure out how to phrase this query, so I will describe my issue. I have a macbook pro that I use for everything. I also want to use it to do some writing, but it's hard to write when I can still access everything else easily - the web, movies, music, etc. So - I want to be able to log in to a completely separate and almost empty instance of osx so I can JUST be typing - nothing else.

I guess even just opening the computer up and only ever seeing a wordprocessor would work. As if it were a typewriter...

So - does anyone have thoughts on how to do this?

Thanks!
 

appleperson1

macrumors member
Original poster
May 21, 2013
31
0
Thanks for the reply. I found those apps, but I am really looking for something that will make sure I can't just alt-tab over to something else. I don't trust myself enough just to use a minimalistic app!

Any thoughts?
 

Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
13,199
133
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
Thanks for the reply. I found those apps, but I am really looking for something that will make sure I can't just alt-tab over to something else. I don't trust myself enough just to use a minimalistic app!

Any thoughts?
Not unless you want to have two OSX partitions on your HDD /SSD.

That's about the only way I can think of to achieve this, and ALT+TAB won't work...It would mean a re-boot between the two.
 

SMDBill

macrumors 6502
Apr 12, 2013
255
1
Hi,

I can't even really figure out how to phrase this query, so I will describe my issue. I have a macbook pro that I use for everything. I also want to use it to do some writing, but it's hard to write when I can still access everything else easily - the web, movies, music, etc. So - I want to be able to log in to a completely separate and almost empty instance of osx so I can JUST be typing - nothing else.

I guess even just opening the computer up and only ever seeing a wordprocessor would work. As if it were a typewriter...

So - does anyone have thoughts on how to do this?

Thanks!
Are you referring to "new instance" of OSX along the lines of the virtual workspace available in Linux where you can be looking at/using your desktop and hit a keystroke (CTL + right arrow or similar) and go to a new desktop that appears like no applications are currently running but all apps are available to use just like the original desktop, while all your applications previously open and in use are still running on the other desktop?
 

appleperson1

macrumors member
Original poster
May 21, 2013
31
0
Yeah - that sounds about right. No knowledge of Linux stuff - but it sounds good. Is there that for Mac?
 

SMDBill

macrumors 6502
Apr 12, 2013
255
1
I second this. A new user account that you log into, in which you can only access one app and no internet would be the way forward. Virtual Desktops or VMs of OS X are completely unnecessary.
Very true. I mis-read the question the first time and thought the OP was asking about needing a clear workspace without all the other apps that may be open appearing. Wanting to self limit to one application is more of a personal issue over self control to not be distracted by the availability of other software so I'll defer to others to help with that part.