When doing "work", do you use 1 user account ,seperate user or spaces?

applelover4u

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Just curious I know a lot of people here to web dev and video and graphic editing work but also use their mac for personal use. Do you all use a separate user account for your other work vs personal to keep everything organize and clean, or do you use MAC spaces feature or just use 1 profile??
 

supremedesigner

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Just curious I know a lot of people here to web dev and video and graphic editing work but also use their mac for personal use. Do you all use a separate user account for your other work vs personal to keep everything organize and clean, or do you use MAC spaces feature or just use 1 profile??
I used to have two accounts but it was too much switching back and forth so I decided to use one account but tread carefully.

For work email, use Apple Mail. To check your personal, I'd use browser instead.

For work IM, depends on what they use (if they use Skype, then you can use your personal iMessage, etc.)

Hope this helps.
 

applelover4u

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I use spaces coupled with different browsers.

Can you help me with spaces.. When I add a space such as a folder say name "test", the folder is automatically added to my main desktop. I thought spaces keep everything different as far as customizing? Or even customizing the dock replicates on my main desktop as well
 

iamgalactic

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Can you help me with spaces.. When I add a space such as a folder say name "test", the folder is automatically added to my main desktop. I thought spaces keep everything different as far as customizing? Or even customizing the dock replicates on my main desktop as well
Same desktop, same folders, same dock. The only thing you can change is the background and which apps are in a 'space'.
 

960design

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Single Account.

Documents folder has one named for my Business. Keep all receipts, contacts, phone numbers, ect in there.
Documents folder has one named Source for all code. I store both personal and paid projects in there, each in there own folder, so not to difficult to keep separate.

This allows me to quickly grab content on any of the five macs and five iPads.

I keep all of my personal contacts in my, well contacts. And store notes in two separate folders, one for work and one for personal.

I have several business emails and two personal emails. Easy to stay compartmentalized that way.
 

SparkFlash

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Single account. I have two computers for my home. The main PC for all, and my MacBook that is all my work and my own stuff. I don't see the point to split things off.
 

fastasleep

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Can you help me with spaces.. When I add a space such as a folder say name "test", the folder is automatically added to my main desktop. I thought spaces keep everything different as far as customizing? Or even customizing the dock replicates on my main desktop as well
That's not how Spaces work. It's all the same account/environment/etc, it's just additional virtual desktops to separate your windows/apps (as individual sets of windows, full screen or split screen apps, etc). But the Desktop is all the same folder, Dock/etc is all the same across the board etc.
 

iShater

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I tried the two accounts approach, and it drove me crazy.
I recommend that you separate things by email client/browser/folder structure to keep things separate but have quick access to everything.
 

dave61

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One account on the Mac
Files in separate Dropbox folders (old Pro account)
Separate email accounts accessed through same client (Airmail)
Separate calendars accessed through same client (Fantastical)
 

navengdk

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I run my home account native on my MacbookPro and run my work account in a VMware Fusion virtual machine running on the same MBP. At home or in the office I usually run my home account on the MBP screen and put the VM with the work account on an external monitor. When traveling I run the home account and the VM with the work account in separate spaces. If I need to be able to see both at the same time I can move the VM into a window on the Mac side. The arrangement allows both accounts to run simultaneously while keeping them separate. However, it's easy to copy and paste between them and you can set up shared folders that can be accessed directly from both accounts.
 

ignatius345

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Just curious I know a lot of people here to web dev and video and graphic editing work but also use their mac for personal use. Do you all use a separate user account for your other work vs personal to keep everything organize and clean, or do you use MAC spaces feature or just use 1 profile??
I'm a huge fan of multiple user accounts. When I had my last job, I had a separate one where I was signed into work email, on the work VPN, Slack, etc, with a separate Dropbox account shared with my office computer, and it just made my life infinitely easier to have everything specially set up for my remote work situation. It also helped me draw a sharp line between "work" and "not work" activities.

Now I also have another one that's set up for just writing, and has no email set up, no messages, no alerts of any kind. When I'm in that account, I know that if I want to check any messages, I have to switch accounts, and that helps keep me on task... and off websites like this one :)

I use an Alfred workflow to very quickly switch accounts with a key combo.
 
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