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OS X Mountain Lion: Create a new user account

Create a new user account

You should add a user for each person who regularly uses your computer. Each user has a separate home folder and can adjust his or her settings without affecting other users.

The home folder

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Users & Groups.
  2. Click the lock icon to unlock it, and type an administrator name and password.
  3. Click Add (+) below the list of users.
  4. Choose the type of user from the New Account pop-up menu.
    Option Description
    Administrator: An administrator can create, delete, and modify users; install software; and change system settings.
    Standard: Standard users can install software for their own use and change their own user settings, but can’t administer other users.
    Managed with Parental Controls: For these users, an administrator can restrict access to apps and inappropriate content, and limit the amount of time users can use the computer.
    Sharing Only: Sharing-only users on your network can access your shared files or your shared screen from their computers. They can’t log in to your computer or change its settings, and they don’t have home folders on your computer.
  5. Enter a full name for the user.

    An account name is generated automatically. If you want to use a different account name, enter it now. After adding a user, you can’t change the account name.

    The account name is used to name the user’s home folder, and it can be used instead of the full name for logging in.

  6. Enter a password for the user in the Password and Verify fields, and then enter a hint to help the user remember the password.
  7. Click Create User.
  8. You can also do any of the following:
    • To let the user access your shared files and screen using an Apple ID instead of the name and password you just set, click Set and enter the user’s Apple ID.

      The Apple ID you enter here must be the same as an Apple ID entered for the user in Users & Groups preferences on the user’s computer.

    • To let the user reset his or her password while logging in on this computer, select “Allow user to reset password using Apple ID.”

      If this option is dimmed, click Set and enter the user’s Apple ID.

    • To give the user administrator privileges, select “Allow user to administer this computer.”

    • To manage the user by using parental controls, select “Enable parental controls.” Click Open Parental Controls to open Parental Controls preferences and set up computer usage restrictions for the user.

To give the new user permission to access your shared files or screen, you may need to change settings in the File Sharing, Screen Sharing, or Remote Management panes of Sharing preferences.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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