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Mac OS X 10.6: Creating and modifying user accounts

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Creating and modifying user accounts

Use Accounts preferences to set up and manage accounts for users, decide what types of privileges and access the user will have, and determine how users will log in to the computer.

Administering accounts

If you have an administrator name and password, you can use Accounts preferences to add, delete, or modify accounts.

Creating new accounts

Use Accounts preferences to create new user accounts. It’s recommended that you create a unique account for each person who uses your computer, so they will have access to their own home folder and documents.

Creating a new user account▸

Changing login options

You can change the way users log in to the computer, modify the login window, enable fast user switching, and more in the Login Options pane.

Opening items automatically when you log in

If you always use certain applications or documents, you can have them open automatically whenever you log in by adding them to the list in the Login Items pane.

Opening items automatically when you log in▸

Changing your account password

You can change your password, or if you have an administrator name and password, you can manage the passwords of other users.

Last Modified: Aug 6, 2013
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