OS X Mavericks: Set up a simple desktop and Finder

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Set up a simple desktop and Finder

To simplify a user’s desktop and Finder, turn on Use Simple Finder in Parental Controls preferences. With a simple desktop and Finder, the Dock contains only three things: My Applications, Documents, and Shared. You can decide which apps and documents the user can access.

Before you can set up a simple desktop and Finder for a user, turn on parental controls. For more information, see:

Set up parental controls

Set up Simple Finder

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Parental Controls.
  2. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.
  3. Select a user in the list of users, then click Apps.
  4. Select Use Simple Finder.
  5. In the Allowed Apps list, select apps the user can open.
    • Select a category, then click the arrow to list the apps in the category. Select the checkbox to allow access to the app.

    • To search for an app, enter its name in the search field.

To turn on Simple Finder, you may have to restart the Mac.

Change preferences for a user’s Simple Finder

In the simple Finder, choose Finder > Run Full Finder, then enter your administrator name and password. In full Finder you can make the changes you want.

When you’re done, choose Finder > Return to Simple Finder.

Published Date: Oct 20, 2015
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