Mac Basics: User Accounts

Each person using a Mac should have their own user account. This allows everyone to have things set up the way they want, access their own iCloud Account and prevents others from accidentally deleting or changing files. Enable Fast User Switching to make it easy for more than one person to use the same Mac.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Mac Basics: User Accounts”

    Larry
    1 week ago

    Comment: create a test account and leave it alone. Don’t make any changes to it. Keep it pristine. Then when mysterious things happen, use this account to isolate problems to either a specific account, e.g. Safari, or to the whole system. Apple frequently asks to do this to help troubleshoot.
    Question: is there a way to choose an account during startup, for the same reason: troubleshooting a crash during startup? I know about “Opt” to select a volume and starting in the usual special modes.

    1 week ago

    Larry: Just log out of your user account. Then restart. Then you’ve got to log into an account during the restart.

    Larry Jaeger
    1 week ago

    Doesn’t work with auto login. Forgot to mention that. I have no reason to change that, since no one has access to the iMac other than me.

    1 week ago

    Larry: So your Mac is in some sort of ultra-secure location? Inside some sort of vault? Using auto login is a big security no-no.

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