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Make a custom keyboard layout the system default — even for the login screen

Can I make a custom keyboard layout (one that wasn’t included with OS X by default) the system default — even for the login screen?
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User account doesn't appear on first login screen

After restarting my computer when I am presented with the initial login screen (the light gray one with the restart and shut down buttons), I see only two of my three user accounts. If I log in with ...
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How do I take a picture of the login screen?

I've seen quite a number of login screen screenshots. I've tried Cmd + Shift + 3, but to no avail. How do I take a picture of the login screen or the boot screen of OS X?
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How can I add a custom message in the macOS login screen?

Our community group has just had three Apple Macs donated to us. Two are laptops with macOS Sierra installed and one is an iMac with macOS High Sierra installed. I’ve been asked to add a custom ...
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Login directly to terminal instead of GUI

First: I'm obviously not talking about logging in and then automatically launching Terminal.app. In older versions of Mac OS X, you used to be able to type >console in the username field on the ...
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MacBook Pro login screen stuck keeps pressing a key into password field forever

My MacBook Pro (mid 2014, Sierra 10.12.1) sometimes gets stuck after waking up after sleep. Some key seems to have stuck and keeps pressing into the password field forever, filling the password field ...
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How can I choose a user an the login page without a mouse?

As a old-school Unix junkie I don't like being forced to use a mouse when a simple keyboard shortcut would do. Today I found myself needing to login to an OSX machine just to launch an app, but the ...
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How do I change the login screen background in macOS Mojave?

I just updated to macOS Mojave, and immediately noticed a couple of things: My custom login screen wallpaper is gone. When you click on a user's name in the login screen, it switches to their ...
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Mavericks: Enable virtual keyboard on login screen

How can the virtual keyboard be enabled at the login screen? On Windows it is really easy, but I haven't found to way of enabling it on a Mac.
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Black screen with cursor instead of login window

Last night my mid-2010 Mac Pro woke up and probably installed some update (Mavericks). After this, every time I boot, black screen with cursor appears instead of login window. I've tried blindly ...
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Grey screen after login - Blue Screen of death from CMD+R

Mid-Late 2011 15inch Macbook Pro 7200RPM harddrive user upgrades - crucial ram 8GB right after initial purchase - Corsair ram 16GB since August 2012 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076W9Q5A ...
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Remove background blur effect on Yosemite login screen [duplicate]

Does anyone know how to disable blurring of the log in screen background images? I know it's a long shot, but I really miss being able to see my pretty background images :(
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How can I temporarily suspend some users, hiding them from the login screen?

I have to manage a shared OSX workstation that is used by a rotating cast of characters throughout the year. The login screen quickly becomes cumbersome when users that aren't even around for a while ...
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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 concerning ...
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After logging into OSX all I see is a black screen

I am currently having an issue with my mac. Turn on the mac The apple logo appears followed by the login screen. There are 2 logins, one is a guest login and the other is my login. When I choose ...
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Why does macOS 10.13 suddenly asks for a PIN instead of password for login?

When facing the lock screen to enter my credentials, my Mac running macOS 10.13 High Sierra asks for a PIN instead of my password. This has happened 4 times within the last months. The only solution ...
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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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Mac ignores “Display login window as” setting

My Mac mini ignores the "Display login window as" setting. I have it set to "Name and password" but it still displays a "List of users" whenever it reboots. It is a multi-boot setup. Does OS X for ...
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MacBook not asking for password after sleep

My mid-2015 MacBook Pro (Sierra 10.12.2) skips the login screen when waking from sleep, it goes straight to my desktop. I have my System Preferences set to require my password 1 minute after being ...
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Enable random message at login screen

In Mavericks it is possible to to show a custom message on the logon/lock screen. This can be done via "Preferences" -> "Security" -> "Show a message when the screen is locked". Now I'm wondering if ...
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Change background login screen in macOS Sierra

I am trying desperately to change the login screen image (defaults to a blurred image) to any other image that I want. I have already tried: How to change your login screen in macOS (and change it ...
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Problem unlocking Mac using Touch ID

I got a problem with using the Touch ID to unlock my MacBook Pro 15" running macOS High Sierra. Whenever I lock my screen by clicking the  → Lock Screen (or Control + Command + q), Mac locks me out ...
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>console does not work

I have enabled the login window so that the username and password must be entered to login to an account. However, when I switch out of my user and type >console into the username field, the screen ...
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How to prevent multiple login windows?

Whenever my rMBP wakes up from sleep, it shows a log in page with my user name. The page has a metallic gray background. After I enter my password, another page opens up with my wallpaper along with ...
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iMac login screen only half displayed

When I booted up my iMac yesterday, I was confused to find my login field had seemingly moved upwards, so that only the bottom half was showing. The lower half of the screen was just black. Is this a ...
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Login or unlock screen on a Mac using an NFC tag?

Does OSX have support for unlocking the screen (or logging in) using a NFC or RFID tag? The ACS ACR122T USB NFC dongle (a PC/SC device) seems to have working OSX drivers, but no software suite for ...
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Auto logout results in severe login screen bug

With auto logout enabled, I experience severe display errors at the login screen. These errors do not occur at the login screen right after boot. They appear only when the auto logout is triggered. I ...
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Black screen with cursor after logging out of guest account on High Sierra

When I log out of my guest account, it gets stuck with a black screen and a cursor that I can move around but can't do anything except do a forced restart. In my searching, I have seen an old ...
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How do I disable the media keys (play, pause, skip, etc.) on the macOS login window?

When playing music on iTunes or similar and then locking the screen (accomplished by hitting the ⌃⌘Q key combination or selecting "Lock Screen" from the  menu), how do I prevent the media keys from ...
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Logging onto Mac with RFID Cards

I want my users to be able to login to their computers (which are Macs) using RFID or Magnetic Stripe. Can anyone recommend a way to implement this? They all run Mavericks or Yosemite, and it doesn't ...
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How do I change the login screen background in macOS Mojave 10.14.2?

It used to be the case in macOS Mojave that if one changed the Mojave.heic file in /Library/Desktop Pictures/ then it would boot into that new picture. This is documented in this thread. 10.14.2 ...
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System Administrator Profile shows up after auto-lock High Sierra

I have a MacBook Pro running High Sierra. Sometimes when I let my computer auto-lock itself, (like closing the lid for a while) when I come back the user is not the profile I was using, but says ...
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El Capitan changes language input after reboot

every time I restart my Mac (OS X El Capitan 10.11.3), the language input is set to "ABC Extended" instead of English or German. This causes me trouble when I want to type my password. Is there a way ...
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Remove “Other…” from Login screen

I've just upgraded to El Capitan from Mountain Lion, and now an Other... icon appears right next to my usual user-account (admin account) on the login screen. When I click on it, I can log in, as ...
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MacBook Pro login screen characters replaced by question marks

I can't log in to my MacBook Pro. The log-in screen now has question marks in place of letters and won't allow me to type in the password box.
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Run script when logged out?

Is it possible to run a script when and only when a user is logged out? Why I want to do this is so I can change the login message (sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow ...
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How to Change Login Pic for Other

In Mac OS, when you have your login screen configured to show a list of users (as opposed to a username/password text box combo), each user is accompanied by a large circular image. This is ...
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Can't see the User on the login screen

My user name does not appear on the login screen. There are two users and only one is shown. Is there any way to see the other user or some user name input box instead of selection?
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Lock Screen vs Login Window - affect on running processes

It appears to me that BOTH Apple Menu>Lock Screen AND Fast User Switching Menu>Login Window halt user processes at some point. (AirServer eventually stops working for me) I would like to know if/why/...
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Black screen after login and frozen loading wheel

I am trying to help a friend with their machine. They are using an iMac (3-4 years old) running 10.12. At first, their issue was at login. They would get to the login screen, enter their password, ...
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Keyboard not working on login screen MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro with OSx 10.11.6 installed. On startup, when I try to login as a user with password, each time I click on the input text box it gets deselected, and it's impossible to enter the ...
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How to set a default user on the login screen without automatically logging in?

I have more than one user account on my MacBook, but I'm almost always the one logging in. I don't want to have a click an icon or type my username. I do however, want my account to always be password ...
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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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Detect failed local login attempts

I'm using macOS Sierra and when I try to view failed login attempts, grep doesn't return any results because the keyword has probably changed or I'm looking in the wrong place. Does anyone know where/...
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How can you switch users at the login screen, without administrator access, with only one local account (the administrator) and many network accounts?

Sometimes, a network account is logged in, and the user doesn't/forgets to log out. When someone else uses this computer, the lock screen shows. The only options that I know of from here are: Click ...
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Remove full name from login window

In Mountain Lion, my full name is displayed at the bottom of the log in menu. As I want to sell my computer, I was wondering if there is a way to hide this? (it's the only place that you can see it as ...
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Macbook pro keeps returning to login window

No matter what settings I apply within System Preferences, after a time of inactivity the login screen pops up. I'm attempting to backup to an external hard drive and create a time machine backup, but ...
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Logging Into A Mac using only an iOS Device?

If a keyboard becomes non functional, and a replacement is not readily available, or you may wish to login remotely to your Mac from another location perhaps: What options exist (if any) to login to ...
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Login screen characters all question marks, login info isn't working

I just reinstalled high Sierra after my Mac wouldn't restart. The moment it loads up I am presented with this screen. My login credentials don't work. Can someone explain to me what this screen is and ...
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“Logout user after (x) minutes of inactivity…” not actually logging out users

On my network when a user is auto-logged-out, this feature seems to just activate fast-user-switching, Is that what it is supposed to do? I am talking about the setting, as seen below in El Capitain,...