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How to make macOS apps available to a single user instead of all users

Added 02-25-21 07:15:02am EST - “If you're sharing a Mac, you may want to restrict access to certain apps. Here's how it's done.” - Macworld.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Macworld.com: “How to make macOS apps available to a single user instead of all users”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

During the pandemic, many people have found themselves sharing their Macs with family members and roommates. In that situation, you may not want every app that you install to be available to everyone who uses the same Mac. There’s a folder within your account that holds apps only you can run: instead of the main /Applications folder at the top level of your startup volume, it’s ~/Applications (technically, /Users/short-account-name/Applications).

Some apps offer a way to control how broadly they are installed, providing options during installation that read something like “install for all users of this computer” and “install for this user only” (the language may vary by installer).

When installing an app from a disk image or that’s downloaded as a compressed file, you can copy it right to your personal apps folder. Choose Go > Go to Folder in the Finder and paste ~/Applications into it, and then click Go. Now, just drag the app into that folder.

However, if you’re installing through another method that places apps by default into the main Applications folder, including Mac App Store downloads, follow these steps.

Open /Applications, either via Go to Folder, or by opening the main level of your drive in the Finder and double-clicking the Applications folder.

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