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Mac OS X 10.6: Creating a guest user account

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Creating a guest user account

If you want others to be able to temporarily use your computer, but you don’t want to create an account for each user, you can create a guest account.

A guest user can log in to the computer without entering a password. Guest users can’t make changes to other user accounts or change setting on the computer, and they can’t log in remotely.

You can use parental controls to manage a guest account. For example, you can limit the applications a guest user has access to, or filter Internet content.

Important:Files created by guest users are deleted when the user logs out. A temporary home folder is created for the guest’s files but this folder and its contents are deleted when the user logs out.

To create a guest account:

  1. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences and click Accounts.

  2. Click the lock icon to unlock it and then type an administrator name and password.

  3. Select Guest Account in the list of accounts.

  4. Select the “Allow guests to log into this computer” checkbox.

  5. To set further limits on what a guest user can access on the computer, select the Enable Parental Controls checkbox. For more information about parental controls, see the following topic:

    Managing a user account with parental controls
  6. To let guest users access shared folders on this computer from another computer, select the “Allow guests to connect to shared folders” checkbox.

Last Modified: Aug 6, 2013
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