On my macbook, running OSX Mavericks, my daughter has a standard-user account.

I wanted to show her how to change her login password under:

SystemPreferences > Users & Groups > ChangePassword

That button was greyed out, even after the padlock was opened.

Note: she is under parental control, but even after I temporarily lifted that, changing the password was not possible.

Any ideas, on how to allow my daughter to change her login password?

  • After you removed parental control, did she log out and in again?
    – nohillside
    Sep 6, 2014 at 12:12
  • @patrix No, she didn't.
    – Walter
    Sep 6, 2014 at 12:51
  • Might be worth a try then (disable control, have her log out/in again and then change password)
    – nohillside
    Sep 6, 2014 at 13:00
  • Is the change of a user password prohibited when the user is under parental control?
    – Walter
    Sep 6, 2014 at 14:25
  • Nope, but that part you figured out already. But AFAIK you need to log out/in if you switch an account from/to parental control
    – nohillside
    Sep 6, 2014 at 14:43

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Okay, I just figured out what was wrong. I had actually disabled my daughter to change her password under parental control (ages ago when I've set it up). To undo that I had to

SystemPreferences > ParentialControls > Other

where I could untick the box "Disable changing the password".

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