In other words, how do you exit the login window using shortcut keys or without inputting a password, or is avoiding this step not possible?

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    Having a workaround would make password-protected login kind of pointless, somehow :-)
    – nohillside
    Nov 28, 2019 at 9:41
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    If you don't know the password or the password entered is wrong, it was your colleague's Mac...
    – klanomath
    Nov 28, 2019 at 9:47
  • @nohillside which begs the question, why have a login window for the owner who's already logged in as the owner? I get the security reason, but it's inelegant imho.
    – nicheese
    Nov 29, 2019 at 0:55
  • @klanomath Nope, it's my macbook and I was experimenting with creating another admin account, and afterwards noticed my name on the menu bar, which I immediately wanted to get rid off. Clicked on "Login..." and entered the login window, leaving the work area active (audio was still playing). I got back to said work area easily as I knew the password. Despite the "If," your suspicion is off the mark, sorry.
    – nicheese
    Nov 29, 2019 at 0:58
  • @nicheese I forgot to add some smiley: this one 😎 or another one 👹!
    – klanomath
    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:01

1 Answer 1


If you've accidentally switched to a different user, press ESC or click on Cancel to return to your desktop.

If instead you've landed in the login window, you need to select a user and type the password.

  • Yes, I landed in the login window. Some thought I was trying something shady, trying to get into someone else's machine; I should have clarified early on I am the owner and sole user of this macbook (I was able to get back to my running work window, fwiw.). I was just curious if there was another way I might not know about. If there's none aside from entering a password, that's fine.
    – nicheese
    Nov 29, 2019 at 1:10

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