OS X Lion: Create a new user account

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Create a new user account

You should create a user account 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 accounts.
  4. Choose a type of account from the New Account pop-up menu.
    Option Description
    Administrator: An administrator can create, delete, and modify accounts; install software; and change system settings.
    Standard: Standard users can install software for their own use and change settings related to their accounts, but can’t administer other accounts.
    Managed with Parental Controls: For these accounts, the administrator can restrict access to applications and inappropriate content, and limit the amount of time users can use the computer.
    Sharing Only: Sharing-only users on your network can access shared files remotely, but can’t log in or change settings on the computer.
  5. Enter a full name for the account.

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

    The account name is used to name the user’s home folder, and can be used as the login name.

  6. Enter the account password 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 specify an Apple ID the user can enter for file and screen sharing instead of entering a password, click Set next to Apple ID.

      To use the Apple ID for file and screen sharing with your computer, the user you’re creating must have an account on his or her computer that has the same Apple ID associated with it.

    • To let the user enter the Apple ID in the login window if he or she forgets the account password, select “Allow user to reset password using Apple ID.”

      Before the user can use the Apple ID to reset his or her password using the login window, the user must log in using the password you defined when you created the account, click the Change button next to the Apple ID field, and then enter the password associated with the Apple ID.

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

    • To manage the user 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.

Published Date: Oct 30, 2013
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