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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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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Lost desktop files after restoring a user account

So I accidentally removed my main user account from my macbook (OS X el capitan). The home folder was not deleted so I restored the user account by adding a new account with the same name, then ...
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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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What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line?

What commands (or script) can create a fully functional user account on Mountain Lion, running only from the command line via terminal or ssh. It looks like an existing pair of answers might work, ...
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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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OSX Server: should I use Open Directory?

I'm currently setting up an OSX Server (Mavericks) in a small company (10.9 on the clients as well), and I'm trying to decide what the best approach is to manage accounts. The accounts will not be ...
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How do i remove this Guest User / greyed out remove button

One day i got some malware on my mac. Finally removed it successfully, but this was somehow created when i first got the malware. All the forums i've found just say hit the "-" aka remove but it is ...
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Only root login remains (all other users gone) and even root hangs, so can't access!

We have been locked out of our iMac running on El Capitan. Basically all known user accounts have disappeared. Only "other" remains which seems to the "system administrator" or "root" and when trying ...
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How can I create a user that can login through SSH but not on the local desktop in MacOS X El Capitan?

I would like to have a user account in my MacOS X El Capitan system which is limited to login through SSH. I do not want that user to be able to use the system through any other means, especially not ...
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Deleted account still being detected (OS X El Capitan)

I recently got a Macbook and easily set up my user account (admin), plus a standard and guest account. One day, I opened the computer and the screen was frozen. After waiting a few mins, I ...
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All the apps do not show for another user login on my Mac OS X 10.9.5

All the apps do not show for other login users on my Mac OS X 10.9.5. I share the Mac with another person & the other person has all the apps showing in her apps folder that are not showing in my ...
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What is the avqmd.plist and the _avqmd record in Users/Groups

Today, I was trying to fix the file permissions and ownership on an external hard drive and while I was trying to add myself as a user/owner the through the get Info window, the system presented me ...
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Set default user in terminal

I just formatted my Mac and upgrade it to El Capitan, When I open Terminal I see that I am always logged in as root: How can I get my usual user name every time I open a new Terminal window, I ...
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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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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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Can a third party cloud backup app backup all user accounts on my Mac?

I use an app called LiveDrive to backup my Mac running OS X 10.9.5. It provides incremental Cloud backup. My user account is an administrator and it is under this account that the LiveDrive backup ...
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How can I prevent a user to use admin rights to work around restrictions?

We just bought my husband a new Mac. Currently, we each have parental restrictions requiring a password on our accounts when it comes to "mature" ratings on our iPhones and iPads (older generations) ...
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Help me to understand this /Users/username/sites/website1

Can anyone help me to understand the logic behind placing my /sites folder like this /Users/username/sites/website1 How do I find the Users folder? I am using OS X El Capitan Thank you
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Can iMac 5k be set up to change screen resolution at log in depending on user

I have 2 users on iMac 5k and need each user to login at a different screen resolution (Default for one, Looks like 2048 x 1152 for the other). Is this possible / can a script be set to run on login ...
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Change Appstore user from MacBook?

I bought a used MacBook Pro, and I need to update some software. When I click the 'update all' button to proceed, it asks for the App Store password of the old user's account: How do I remove the ...
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Putting line-breaks in the (Mountain) Lion lock screen message

On Mountain Lion, in the [Security & Privacy] pane of System Preferences, you can enter a lock screen message that gets displayed on the login/lock screen. Sometimes, you might want to put a line ...
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Is it 'OK' to use the root user as a normal user?

I have enabled the root user on my Mac so I can log into it and run Finder etc. Being the lazy person that I am, just transferred everything from my home directory to /var/root. I'm not too sure of ...
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How to share application folder between users without administration right?

On my Mavericks i have 2 users. Is it possible to let other user use app folder as normal without a full administration rights? I just want that second user would be able to install simple apps by ...
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Trouble signing in as admin account after change of Apple ID email address

I had to move to another mail provider therefore I changed my Apple ID. Unfortunately a while ago I've linked my admin account on my MacBook Air with my Apple ID. Now my account is still stuck with ...
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What must I enter into Terminal, using sudo to make myself an administrator?

My user account is a standard account on my Mac. What must I enter into Terminal using sudo, to make myself the administrator?
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Weird User in my login screen “puppet”

I just restarted my mac "OSX El Capitan v10.11.1" and I'm seeing a weird User in my login screen called "puppet": I have not created this User and I don't know how to log on it. The most ...
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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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Is it good practice to use OS X with a Standard user, and have a separate Admin account?

I am currently using OS X with a Standard user that has no admin privileges in the OS GUI. Note: My Standard user does however have sudo permissions in /etc/private/sudoers. This enables password ...
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Standard User account not getting removed on El capitan

I am not able to delete user account on El capitan . The Minus (remove option ) is inactive here . I tried doing this by logging in to admin account . Please help!!!!
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How do I remove multiple owners from a file/folder?

While trying to set up MAMP/PHPStorm, I CHOWNed the OWNER of my Sites folder to _www from myUser. Since this did not resolve the problem I was experiencing, I attempted to CHOWN myUser ...
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Stop asking for iCloud password every time I log in

I'm not sure if this is related to a caching thing or a preference file or what. Also, I've removed the "?" from my dock but my system doesn't remember it when I shut down and restart, so I have to do ...
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Why are there account aliases?

I don't understand why when I go to /Users/Me, I find an alias of "me", and then another inside, and then again. Can this alter the performances? Can I trash them? And moreover, what are they doing ...
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Most efficient way of migrating selected elements of user account and selected applications to a new mac

I will have to transfer my user account and some other stuff to a new mac and I am currently considering what would be the most efficient way of doing that. The list of things I would like and ...
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Fast user switching: how to prevent volumes from being unmounted?

I have a volume mounted. If I switch to another user, this volume gets dismounted. The problem is that I want this volume to be available for every user (but putting it in their login items is not the ...
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Make a script/app run on logout

We all know that Mac OS X has the very useful Login Items functionality which lets you, among other things, set up apps/scripts to run when you log in. I'm looking for a way to setup a list of ...
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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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How to distinguish between multiple AirDrop connections?

I have iMac A, MacBook Pro B, and MacBook Pro C. I want to copy a file from A to B and C using AirDrop. The problem is that I have multiple instances of the B and C machines showing up in AirDrop. I ...
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How can I restore user accounts from a Time Machine backup to different volume?

I have a mid-2011 iMac, running El Capitan. Everything (OS, Applications, Home Folders, and data) was on a single volume, a 1.0TB HD which failed. In addition to replacing the HD with a new 1.0TB ...
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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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Create a new Apple ID with the same email [closed]

Due to certain reasons and circumstances, I want to create a new AppleID account (lets call it ID2) using my personal primary email (E1), already used in an existing AppleID (ID1). In the end, if ...
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El Capitan - Where to install application

I'm developer and I'm providing my application with pkg installer. Before El Capitan, my installer was putting binaries to /usr/bin. With El Capitan I had to change it because of SIP, so now binaries ...
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iPhone is being accessed remotely and sending messages

My ex and I are going through a custody battle. I have had my email hacked and broken into many times and I receive forwarded emails of my ex talking to someone about these happenings. Recently I ...
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Administrator priviliges request dialog does not accept my password

I have recently installed OS X version 10.9 on my MacBook Pro. When I start it, it doesn't require any password but when I try to install Adobe Flash Player or other plugins I am asked to approve the ...
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All user accounts on iMac running OSX 10.10.5 vanished on login screen

So a few nights, ago our iMac (OSX 10.10.5) started to run slowly, so I figured that all 4 family members have active logins – so one by one, I logged everyone out then rebooted the machine. When it ...
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Tried to change the name of my home folder and now I can't log in

I'm on OS X 10.10.5 I followed the instructions given here. I'll describe my process in as much detail as possible. I made a temporary admin account called temp. I switched to that account. I ...
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OS X: Change sharing-only account to 'normal' account

Somehow, OS X changed my main user account to sharing-only. This means that all data in the user folder is still existent on the disk, I can't login to that user. Is there a way to revert a ...
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Is this a security flaw for Other, Others, Others… accounts having 0 (root) UID?

When running this command dscl . -list /Users UniqueID, I get duplicate UID, for the Other, Others, Others... accounts, which is the same UID root uses. daemon 1 Guest 201 ...
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Disable Shift Cmd Q for logout

I would like to disable Shift+Command+Q keyboard shortcut for Log Out. I am using Karabiner at the moment, but I only managed to disable it completely using the following xml: <?xml ...
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how to clear the personal information of a macbook [duplicate]

I was given a old MacBook Pro by a friend and had not had time to clear all her information. She trusts me that I will delete them which I have done with the documents, addresses etc. I am not worried ...
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How do I grant irrevocable privacy from user with sudo access?

In Unix, any user with sudo access can act as any other user using sudo su. This invalidates any imagined privacy of local files for all other users of the same Mac. Is there any (preferably OS-level) ...