User accounts facilitate different agents and settings on a computer. User accounts have a login name and a password, along with a home directory on the filesystem.

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OSX App Store updates with multiple users

My mac has several users. If I want to "update" an app, it says only the original user can do the update. But I don't have access to his account! How can I either: Update apps from another user ...
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Outlook 2011 cannot delete account

Recently migrated work email to office365, therefore, all of our users have a new account on a new exchange server. Added this without fuss, but upon trying to remove the obsolete account outlook ...
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Admin vs firstname and lastname

I've been using OS X since Lion. I'm a sole user of my Mac. When I log into the Mac, I log in as Admin. Also, in System Preferences, under Users & Groups, the Current User is listed as Admin. ...
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Way to logout a user from the command line in OS X 10.9

I want to logout my Mac OS X from the command line. My OS X version is 10.9. I tried command pkill -KILL -u uid, but this command didn't work out. Is there a command that can be used to log out a user ...
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How to fix “com.apple.dock.extra: … Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of class NSApplication” in system.log

On a recently installed (from internet via Recovery Disk) 10.7.4 Lion system the system.log is filled with multiple "com.apple.dock.extra: ... Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of ...
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How to recover a deleted account (the home account was also deleted)

I am running a mac osx version 10.9.5 I have 2 administrators running in my mac (admin A and admin B). admin A is the primary account that I am using and it contains all my files there. I was ...
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What is “Other” account on OS X Yosemite login screen?

I am using OS X Yosemite. I am seeing 2 accounts on my login screen. One is my account and the other has the name "Other". What account is that? When I click on it, there is no username. When I try to ...
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Remove HTC Sync Manager from autostart

Every time I start my laptop, the HTC Sync Manager is launched automatically. I don't mean the automounter which is started when you connect your phone. I mean the the HTC Sync Manager itself which is ...
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Merging two accounts on a Macbook Pro with OS X Yosemite

I'm a first time MacBook owner and have recently completed the data transfer from my Windows Laptop to my Mac. As a result of this, I now have two separate profiles and would like to merge them into ...
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Yosemite One User Hangs After Login, Other Works

I turned on my computer yesterday to have it hang after login with user A. The desktop loads but (sometimes my icons appear, sometimes they don't) but as soon as I try to do anything with my mouse, it ...
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cannot change icloud account email address

when I go to icloud on my iphone 4s is says verifying email address. It will not let me click on any of the settings to turn off my phone or will not let me change the email address because it is ...
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How do I add a user and group with a specific ID

This is the method in Linux: groupadd -g 5000 vmail useradd -g vmail -u 5000 vmail -d /var/mail How is it done in OS X?
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Remove or hide network user names from Users and Groups Preferences

We have open access Macs connected to AD - Any number of users can log in. This results in an extremely large list of users in the Users & Groups Preferences window. I assume there may also be ...
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Accidentally created user with duplicate UID. How to fix?

I accidentally created a user with a duplicate UID. I need advice on how to fix this predicament. As you can see, running dscl shows two users with the same uid: dscl . -list /Users uid | sort -nrk ...
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Create network user with remote home folder

I have Mac Server with OpenDirectory configured. Then I create some network users with home folder located on server. Due to the high bandwidth of user usage, I want to add another server that only ...
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How to remove family sharing

I recently moved to US and tried to change my iTunes account address and payment information. I wasn't able because I cannot change my country. It seems like the likely reason is that I have Family ...
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fast user switching is too slow

I would like to employ multiple user accounts and fast user switching on my Mac for various reasons (q.v. Why every Mac owner should use Fast User Switching), but I find that fast user switching is ...
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Unable to delete standard user account

I have an administration acct and a standard acct in my computer. I go to delete the standard but, after unlocking the lock, it does not allow me to select the standard, only the adm. What am I doing ...
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Smartcard Login

I'd like to use an USB Smartcard as an alternative to username and password login on Yosemite. I am the only user to login on that device, so I don't want a reader, but a Smartcard that connects via ...
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Check if an OS X user is an administrator?

In a script, how can I check if user "Bill" is a member of the admin group (group 80)? I plan to use this in a script to check if he is and if he is not, make him an admin user.
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How do i replace an apple ID on a used iPhone 4?

I have given my dad my old iPhone 4, and I bought a new 4S. He put a new sim card in and used the phone but now 'his' contacts have appeared on my new iPhone i.e. the old phone retains my apple id. ...
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Two Login Screens with different accounts on both

I have a user that was having an issue with his mac where only 1 administrative account was showing up. He'd log in, then have to log out and could see the other two accounts (his personal account ...
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How to recover the name of a non-system volume containing all user folders in Mac OS X Lion?

I have done something stupid and need help: I have 3 external drives attached to my Mac and in an attempt to make the partition names more meaningful, I renamed them using finder/get info. My user ...
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Unable to create Mobile Account on AD Connected Mavericks Machine

Whenever I try to login as an AD user to an OS X Mavericks Macbook Pro it says unable to create mobile account. I do have the AD settings set to create a mobile account on login so that is correct but ...
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Reviewing documents in Word for Mac - unable to change user name for commenting

I am reviewing a document on behalf of someone. I use Track Changes and I am inserting comments. I want the name of the my colleague to appear in the comments and not mine (mine appears by default as ...
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Can I start an application as another user without actually switching users?

Is there a way to start an application as another user so that the started application would use the other user's preferences/history/resources et al? For example: I've logged in as Alice and I'd ...
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A/V Functionality with Multi-User Screen Sharing

I've been trying to get a setup working on a 2011 Mac Mini Server (2 GHz i7, 16 GB RAM), wherein some audio/video routing and streaming takes place under a secondary user who is logged in through ...
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On login, I am only given the Guest user option. How do I log into my account?

I tried to add a guest account to my laptop and when I restarted the computer, the only login option I have is the Guest Account. Choosing this account restarts the computer into the Safari-only ...
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How do i get back my old user account after upgrading to OS X Yosemite 10.10.2?

Recently I upgraded a Mac to OS X Yosemite. When upgrading, a new user account was unintentionally created. Now, that newly created user account is being "recognized" as the main account [note:on this ...
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Help with changing user home folder file name

My computer was restored from my ex-wife's laptop 3 years ago. Her maiden name pops up as the user-folder name on all my files, and it's been wearing on me for a long time. I used this Q&A to try ...
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Mac needs to repair library after changing location of home directory

I recently reinstalled Yosemite to fix the notorious WiFi bug, and i have two hard drives, one SSD which i reserve for apps and boot, and the other HDD for data (including user data). I started up my ...
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Setting defaults for Magic Mouse

When I log on the Guest user, the Magic Mouse settings are not as I want them to be. E.g., I would always like the right click enabled and the tracking speed set to fast, but these settings default to ...
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Unwanted saving of proxy credentials

I'm working in an environment where several users access shared iMacs (OS X 10.7.4) using generic accounts that are shared between multiple users. However when they want to access the internet they ...
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List of connected users

Sometimes, when need restart my Lion server, it warns me about the "connected users". How is possible to show who is connected?
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How can I prevent changing of networks?

Is there a ways to prevent people from changing wireless networks and other networks? Does Apple have any kind of ACLs or something like Windows where you can control what the users can do?
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Installing Network Link Conditioner for All Users (Yosemite)

I'm currently deploying "Network Link Conditioner" out to my web team. It's the latest version from the Apple Developer Website (October 16, 2014 from Hardware IO Tools) and I'm installing it on 10.10 ...
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How to share directory alias between user accounts

I'm having trouble using aliases across user accounts. I have two existing directories: /Users/foo/stuff /Users/bar/stuff I'd like to alias /Users/foo/stuff to be accessible at ...
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Flawed user permissions: cannot save files or open programs

I'm on OSX 10.9.1 and I changed settings on my user folder. As far as I can remember I "only" pressed cmd + i on the user folder and under access rights I chose apply to all sub folders. Don’t ask me ...
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Convert domain account to local account

I see this Apple article on converting a local user account to a network user account: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5338 However, I'd like to do it in reverse. I'm comfortable with some of the ...
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Remove my full name from startup screen

Whenever I open the computer the login screen shows up with my account picture and full name. Is there any way to remove it or replace it with the account name or something like that?
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how to delete an administrator on yosemite

My roommate moved out. He and i are both administrators on my iMac. How can I delete him? I have tried going into system preferences, users & groups, but even after I unlock it I cannot make any ...
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Share Desktop folders between admin and managed accounts?

I'm thinking of trying to minimize distractions while doing homework by locking myself in an account managed by self-inflicted parental controls. My problem is, I don't want to not have access to my ...
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How could passwords on OSX keychain for one user end up in another?

Our home MacBook has two users on it: my wife's and mine. This morning we noticed when logged in as my wife's user that in the KeyChain Access it has all of my web passwords. Including passwords I ...
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What are the valid users that need to exist on Mac OS X

For example with CleanMyMac username option I can see users like "Kerberos FAST Account", com.apple.calendarserver and large number of others all with system privileges with id 260 or below except ...
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“Unable to delete the user account” in Users & Groups?

On OS 10.9.2, with permissions unlocked, my admin user gets "Unable to delete the user account [username]" when I click the "minus" delete button. I checked the option to archive the user in the ...
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Installing mc (midnight commander) without root access?

How do I do that? The normal installers (with .pkg files) ask for a root password. It is possible to run normal mac software without root access, but how do I run and install this shell software?
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How to unlink Apple account from laptop?

I'm going to have to trade in my work laptop and it's connected right now to my personal Apple account for things like the app store etc. How do I unlink the Apple account before I get a new computer? ...
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Apps crashing on one user only

Random apps are crashing as soon as they open, such as Acrobat, Word, Distiller and a few other smaller apps. I tried opening the apps on a 2nd user account and they open fine. I have also tried ...
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Is there any way to run Network Link Condition from a Standard User account?

There is a known issue in Network Link Conditioner where if you install it in the normal way (Xcode > Open Developer Tool > More Developer Tools > Install Hardware Tools) it will run from an Admin ...
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OS X change Admin user to Standard user with command line

I would love to send a Unix command through ARD that will change a OS X admin user to a standard user. The only thing I found close is sudo dscl . -delete /Groups/admin GroupMembership USERNAME ...