Mac 911: Does Spotlight reveal other users' files?

Scott Trezza is frustrated with Spotlight in Yosemite:

Spotlight searches on my MacBook Pro running Yosemite always reveal files on other users’ accounts. If I put the other users’ home directory into the Privacy section of Spotlight in System Preferences, then those same users are unable to enjoy the convenience of smart mailboxes in Mail and other conveniences of Spotlight when they are on their own accounts. Is there a way to tweak Spotlight from revealing the contents of other user accounts?

I looked for documentation or other complaints about this issue, and was unable to find any. I tested whether I could replicate this on my own system, as I don’t routinely work on computers that I share with others.

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Mac 911: Safari consistently quits in Yosemite

Andrew Chase finds that Safari quits whenever he walks away from his Mac, and it’s driving him to distraction.

Ater leaving my computer for a period of time, I come back and Safari has closed down. No error or crash report, its as if someone is playing a trick on me and closes Safari. I have tried rebooting, deleting preference files, and turning off sleep. Not allowing my computer to sleep seems to have reduce the frequency that it happens, but I can’t be sure of it.

In 10.7 Lion, Apple added an automatic background quit feature to OS X that’s designed to better free up system resources by software that’s not in use. It comes in two forms: automatic termination, which silently goes through the app’s normal quitting process when you’re not using it; and sudden termination, which kills off the app without any warning.

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Troubleshooting Photos: Syncing, deleting, organizing albums, and more

With the release of El Capitan’s public beta, those with the desire to engage in a bit of risk have gotten a glimpse of Photos 1.1, a release that isn’t just an extension of the original version, but also seems to fix bugs. We still don’t know if 1.1 will be made available for Yosemite—it seems unlikely. But it’s also extremely likely most Yosemite users will migrate to El Capitan, rendering it moot for most, since Photos is exclusive to Yosemite anyhow.

In this week’s Mac 911, I revisit iCloud Photo Library’s new way of thinking about where photos reside, solve a problem for syncing RAW images from an iPad to Mac without using Photos, and examine some issues with organizing albums and photos.

Old photos never die, they just fade away

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Pages of questions and answers about Apple's word processor

If you’ve got a decently long history with the Mac, you’ll remember AppleWorks and ClarisWorks. When Microsoft Office was a high-priced suite, AppleWorks and ClarisWorks were inexpensive (and sometimes thrown in). Apple stopped selling the last version in 2007, but files linger. In this week’s column, Mac 911 helps a reader open ancient ’Works files. I also help with sorting, EPUB formatting, and a systemwide text replacement sync issue.

From A to Z

James Riley writes in with a question about Pages. He has a 47-page document that has columns for occupation, first name, and last name. He’d like to sort alphabetically by first name, and then print the document.

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Solving OS X problems: Finding old utilities, removing a partition, and migrating data

This week, Mac 911 focuses on OS X and things that are missing or migrating. I answer questions about deauthorizing software on a Mac before a migration, where to find old Wi-Fi utility software and firmware, deleting a Fusion drive’s extra partition, and a small array of Migration Assistant questions.

Deauthorizing OS X software before a transition

Philip Shook asks:

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More Photos Q&A: Imports hanging, what is safe to delete, and sharing to Facebook

At WWDC last week, Apple said that Photos will be updated in OS X 10.11 El Capitan with new features. Until then (and unless you upgrade), we’re still using the sometimes manky version in Yosemite, which I’m still holding out hope Apple releases additional fixes for, rather than defer everything to El Capitan.

This week, more answers to what you can’t do, what you can, and what’s not working: deleting old files, getting an import to finish, copying and paste, and sharing to Facebook.

What can I delete?

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