Learn to manage user accounts and parental controls in Leopard!

Take Control of
Users & Accounts in Leopard

Kirk McElhearn

If you’ve been boggled by user accounts, want to share files with other users, or need to limit what others can do on your Mac, turn to Kirk McElhearn for straightforward explanations of all the different account types, what they can do, and the best ways to set them up. Bonus tips on sharing music and photos!

This product has been discontinued.

User accounts are an integral part of Mac OS X, but for many people, they’re a source of confusion. No more, thanks to Kirk McElhearn’s straightforward explanations, which help you understand and manage all the accounts for people who use your Mac, even if the only person is you. You’ll learn how to create the right types of accounts for the different people who use your Mac, why you need at least two accounts, and what you can do with the many new options in Leopard’s parental controls. Kirk shows you how to set up a troubleshooting account to solve problems, use Fast User Switching, share files between users, manage login and startup items, and more. Kirk even reveals tricks for sharing music and photos among multiple users on your Mac using iTunes and iPhoto.

"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

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:

  • Why must I log in to my Macintosh?
  • Why are my files in the Users folder?
  • What’s the difference between a login item and a startup item?
  • What’s the purpose of an Administrator account?
  • How can I take advantage of the new Guest account?
  • How do I limit the time of day when my child can use his Mac?
  • Can I control who my child exchanges email with?
  • How can people log in and log out more quickly and with less bother?
  • What’s the best way for users on my Mac to trade documents?
  • Can users on my Mac share my iTunes songs or iPhoto images?
Kirk McElhearn

About Kirk McElhearn

Kirk McElhearn writes about Apple hardware and software, books, music, and more. As a Senior Contributor to Macworld for more than 15 years, he wrote hundreds of articles, including the Ask the iTunes Guy column. He is a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, The Startup Finance Blog, and TidBITS, as well as several other websites and magazines. He is co-host of several podcasts, including The Next Track, a podcast about how people listen to music today. Visit his website Kirkville.

Will this ebook help me set up accounts so that other people can log in to my Mac from some other location?

Well, on the one hand, yes, this ebook will help you understand the whole account concept and create the necessary accounts. But, on the other hand, Take Control of Sharing Files in Leopard is the ebook you want. It assumes you have a basic grip on the idea of an account already, but it goes into a great deal of detail about the best types of accounts to set up for different file-sharing services, how much access to allow to those accounts, which areas of your Mac to make available, and so on.

I understand the basics of accounts, but what I need assistance with is permissions. Will this ebook help?

Not really... but try Take Control of Permissions in Leopard instead.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start
  • About User Accounts
  • Types of Accounts
  • Choose an Account Strategy
  • Create and Delete Accounts
  • Set Parental Controls
  • Log In to and Out of Accounts
  • Fast User Switching
  • Manage Login and Startup Items
  • Troubleshoot Startup and Login Items
  • Troubleshoot Preference Files
  • Share Files among Users
  • Appendix A: Share Digital Media Files
  • About This Book
  • October 2009 -- We have no plans to update the 10.5 Leopard edition of this book, but a new Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard edition is now available.