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OS X Mountain Lion: Delete a user

Delete a user

If you’re an administrator, you can delete users that you no longer want to have access to your computer.

When you delete a user, you can save the user’s home folder, which contains the user’s files and settings, or delete the home folder.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Users & Groups.
  2. Click the lock icon to unlock it, and then type an administrator name and password.
  3. Select the user you want to delete, and then click Delete (-) below the list of users.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To save the user’s home folder as a disk image, select “Save the home folder in a disk image.” The disk image is saved in /Users/Deleted Users/.

    • To leave the home folder as is, select “Don’t change the home folder.” The home folder remains in /Users/.

    • To remove the home folder from your computer, select “Delete the home folder.” If you want to prevent programs that read raw data from retrieving any files, select “Erase home folder securely.”

  5. Click Delete User.

If you don’t delete a user’s home folder, you can restore the user and the contents of the home folder.

Restore a deleted user

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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