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Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther
Apr 08, 2004

Take Control of Users & Accounts in Panther

Does dealing with user accounts in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther make your head spin? In this ebook, Kirk McElhearn helps you take control of users and accounts! Kirk explains why you need at least two accounts, tells you everything you need to know about different types of accounts, and shows you how to create the right types of accounts for the different people who use your Mac. Learn how to use a troubleshooting account to solve maddening problems, make the best use of Fast User Switching, and share files between users. Special digital lifestyle advice for families! Kirk reveals undocumented tricks for sharing music and photos among multiple users on your Mac using iTunes and iPhoto.

Mac OS X compatibility info: This ebook covers 10.3 Panther and remains for sale even though Panther is no longer the newest version of Mac OS X, in order to help anyone who still needs help with Panther. Newer ebooks cover how to handle users and accounts in 10.4 Tiger, 10.4 Leopard, and 10.5 Snow Leopard. See the catalog for details.

"Even experienced Mac users can find accounts a minefield, but this book’s penetrating content explains what you need to know, offers tips, and helps you solve problems."
    —Mark Willan

  1. Make Sure Your User Account Password is Leopard-Ready

    If your user account has no password, or if the password has 8 or more characters and was originally created in Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier, you could be unable to log in after installing Leopard. To prevent this problem, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Accounts pane of System Preferences.

    2. Select your account in the list on the left.

    3. If the lock icon in the lower left corner of the window is locked, click it and enter your password to unlock it.

    4. Click Change Password. Then:

    • If you previously had no password, leave the Old Password field blank; enter and verify a new password, and click Change Password.
    • If you have a password with 8 or more characters, and you think you might have created it in Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier, enter your old password, enter and verify a new password with 7 or fewer characters, and click Change Password.


    p>You can change your password back to what it was previously, after upgrading to Leopard. (This information was taken from Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard.)

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

  2. How to Change An Account’s Short Name Easily

    Changing the short name of a user account under Mac OS X isn’t particularly easy, but Dan Frakes and James Bucanek recently came to the rescue with the user-friendly, donationware ChangeShortName utility that simplifies the process.

    Posted by Tonya Engst (Permalink)

The Author

Kirk McElhearn is a freelance writer specializing in Macs, iPods, iTunes, digital music, and more. In addition to having written or co-written a dozen books, he is a Senior Contributor to Macworld magazine and he contributes to several other publications. He reviews classical CDs for MusicWeb and audiobooks for Audiofile, and he is a translator from French to English.