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Question: How to stop synch of Desktops?

Just upgraded to 10.13.2 on iMac and my wife's Macbook pro. After restart my wife logged in as an unprivileged user and did something that caused iCloud to merge the desktops on the two machines. It removed all the content from her desktop and put them on iCloud and put the contents of my desktop on hers. Now it is putting the contents of her desktop on mine. Trying to delete an unwanted file from one or the other gets a bunch of warning messages about data being deleted from iCloud. Trying to remove desktop from iCloud options also gets warning message.


How do I get merging to stop without losing any data? We would like to have each desktop separate on each machine but still mirrored separately on iCloud, and other applications, like calendar and notifications, synched, but not the files on the desktop.


Both machines have the same account names for admin and unprivileged user, and both are managed under the same Apple ID. Is that part of the problem?

IMAC (RETINA 5K, 27-INCH, LATE 2015), macOS High Sierra (10.13.2)

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Dec 15, 2017 12:34 PM in response to ElViejo1939 In response to ElViejo1939

Using the same Apple id is causing what you are seeing. You can either go to System Preferences/iCloud/iCloud Drive/Options and turn off Desktop and Documents syncing or use different Apple IDs.


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Dec 15, 2017 12:34 PM

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Dec 15, 2017 1:00 PM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

OK. Just to make sure I don't lose anything, let me ask about turning off Desktop and Documents synching on one machine, the laptop.


The laptop now has both the laptop and iMac desktops merged on its desktop. If I attempt turn off D and D synching on the laptop I get a warning message that the data on the (now merged) desktop will be deleted from iCloud. Does that mean that I will lose the complete merged desktop on both the iMac and the laptop by turning off synching on just the laptop?

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