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Click the "Lock" icon to prevent others from changing the settings. Removing Other Users 1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products. References 3 Apple Support: OS X Mountain Lion: Guest User Preferences Apple Support: Delete a User Apple Support: Set Up Guest Users. About the Author A published author and professional speaker, David Weedmark has advised businesses and governments on technology, media and marketing for more than 20 years.
Don't panic! There are four different ways to regain access so one is bound to work for you. Read More when you log in instead of just your password for additional security. You can also add a password hint and a message to the login screen. Hibernate Mode: Sleep Mode vs.
What exactly does Sleep mode do? How is it different from Hibernate mode, which is an extra option on Windows computers? Which should you choose, and are there downsides to using them? Read More , restart, or shut down your Mac. Most of the login screen settings are hidden in a not-so-obvious place in System Preferences. Click Login Options at the bottom of the left pane.
Nonetheless, not all users want their user name or full name appearing in the corner of the Mac OS X menu bar. If you're looking hide it, here is. Hide a user account in the macOS login window. 1. Log in as an Substitute the short name of the user that you want to hide for "hiddenuser".
On the right, select the options you want to use on the login screen. All the Login Options become grayed out except for the Show fast user switching menu as dropdown list. You can change how that displays without unlocking the options.
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The next time that user logs in, the login screen will be bypassed and the system will go directly to the desktop. The Display login window as option allows you to display the login as either a List of users or Name and Password. Simply click the icon for the user you want and then enter the password for that user. The Name and Password option displays two blank fields, Name and Enter Password , and both are required to log in. This is a bit more secure than the List of users option because you need both the name and the password to log in.
By default, the Sleep , Start , and Shut Down buttons are not available on the login screen. You must log in to perform one of these actions.
However, enabling the Show the Sleep, Restart, and Shut Down buttons option adds these buttons to the bottom of the login screen. If you regularly switch between languages or keyboard formats, you can enable the Show Input menu in login window option to add the Input menu a keyboard icon to the upper-right corner of the login window.
But how can you possibly remember Make sure the user for which you want to add a password hint is selected on the left. Next, click Change Password on the right. You must enter an Old password , a New password , and then Verify the new password. You can enter your current password as both the old and new passwords.
Enter a hint in the Password hint box that will remind you what your password is. Then, click Change Password. After you enter the password incorrectly three times, the Password Hint automatically displays. Can users read and edit each other's files?
What happens when you delete a user account? In a previous article , Lance showed us a top tip for creating an invisible Local Administrator account by placing a period character. As a result - after the update; the user no longer exists under the new OS and thus needs to be recreated.
It's likely that this is because the period also stops the user from being listed in the Directory Service directory list:. There are actually multiple ways for creating hidden local accounts on Mac systems, and Apple has handily listed the different methods here: The gist of the Apple article is that there is an attribute in the com. As before - in order to create these hidden accounts, you DO need an existing Admin account on the Mac to begin with.
This account could then be removed after creating its hidden counterpart. Ensure that the "Others" option will appear at the login window - in case the Login Options is still set to "List of users" So that we can still get to the name and password login boxes.
The cool thing about the command-line method is that you can stick all the above commands into a bash script and run it off with a single command. Attached below is an example script that you can take a look at and try out for yourself.
To test it, save the script to the Mac Desktop, TextEdit the parameters inside to your desired values, save and run the following command:.