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

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by applelover4u, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. applelover4u macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2012
    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??
  2. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    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.
  3. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    I use spaces coupled with different browsers.
  4. applelover4u thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2012

    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
  5. iamgalactic macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    Same desktop, same folders, same dock. The only thing you can change is the background and which apps are in a 'space'.
  6. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    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.
  7. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    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.
  8. fastasleep macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    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.
  9. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    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.
  10. lincolnboland macrumors newbie


    Apr 23, 2017
    New Zealand

    I had Using MAC spaces feature or just use 1 profile because it is comfortable and no need to switch account every time.
  11. dave61 macrumors member


    Jun 2, 2010
    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)
  12. navengdk macrumors newbie


    May 30, 2017
    Springfield, VA
    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.
  13. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    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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