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Take Control of Users & Accounts in Tiger
Apr 29, 2005

Take Control of Users & Accounts in Tiger

Does dealing with user accounts in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger make your head spin? In this ebook, 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.

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 should I set up accounts on my particular system?
  • Can I limit Web and email access on my child’s account?
  • 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 share documents?
  • Can users on my Mac share iTunes songs or iPhoto images?

Want more technical details about file and folder permissions? Check out Take Control of Permissions in Mac OS X. Or, if Leopard is the cat you want to Take Control of, read Take Control of Users & Accounts in Leopard.

  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.