OS X Mavericks: If you don’t see a login window when you start your Mac

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If you don’t see a login window when you start your Mac

If your Mac starts up without displaying the login window, it’s set up to bypass the login window and automatically log in a particular user.

Important: Automatic login allows anyone to access your Mac simply by restarting it. If automatic login is enabled, make sure your Mac doesn’t automatically log in an administrator. When FileVault is turned on, automatic login is disabled.

If several people use a Mac, it’s best to add a user for each person and turn off automatic login. Having separate users protects the information and settings of each user.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Users & Groups, then click Login Options.
  2. If the options are dimmed, click the lock icon to unlock it, then type an administrator name and password.
  3. Choose Off from the “Automatic login” pop-up menu.

The next time you start up your Mac, the login window appears, and a user name and password are required to log in.

Published Date: Nov 11, 2015