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Questions tagged [user-account]

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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What is the significance of the aliases field in the user preferences?

Under: System Preferences > Users & Groups > Advanced Options > Aliases: There are 2 lines. One is my Apple ID. The second is in the form com.apple.idms.GUID What is the significance of these ...
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How is the UUID for a user used by macOS?

In the Advanced Options for a user under the Users & Groups System Preference, there is field for UUID and a button for Create New next to it. How is the UUID used by macOS and what are the ...
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Allow non-admin user to sudo without access to admin account data

I need to lend my MBP to a friend for a few days while their laptop is out for repair. I would like to not have to erase my account to do that. I have set up another User Account for them without ...
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User account creation date time?

I am using a shared mac in which a new user account was created by another user. I want to know the dateTime of the account creation. Is there a way to find it out without asking the peer?
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How to launch a GUI application in another user's graphical session?

I'm trying to figure out how to launch a GUI application as another user that's logged in interactively, in that user's graphical session. For example, say I have two users, foo and bar. Both are ...
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How to add a user from the command line in macOS? [duplicate]

In Terminal, I used, useradd liao2, as I would also do in Linux, but it failed: useradd liao2 -bash useradd: command not found I also tried using sudo: sudo useradd liao2 Password: sudo: useradd: ...
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Restoring data deleted from Directory Utility

When trying to rearrange user accounts, I deleted some data using the Directory Utility (data on a user account under "Users" in the Node "Local/Default"). I would like to restore this data. I have ...
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Fast User switching shared folder permissions

I have touch ID and fast user switch between accounts using dif fingers. They have have dif gmail info and home folders. I don't make the guest an admin. Whats the best way that I can set up the home ...
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macOS: Setting up an administrative account from a user account without admin password

I need to get administrative privileges from a standard user account. I am using macOS Sierra 10.12.6. I have six accounts on my MacBook for me and my family. One of them is administrative and the ...
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Losing administrative rights

I have a handful of Mac's running Mavericks and up. Each Mac is generally used by 1-3 people. Each person is a member of a specific AD group. Pre-deployment we added that AD group to the "Allow ...
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What can other administrators access on my machine?

I've been given a new MacBook Pro at work, and it has an administrator account which I assume the IT department has the credentials to. I have been created a local account which is also an ...
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Making Conflicting UIDs across a LAN of MacOS and Linux hosts Consistent

I have an expanding network and while I have the long term goal of eventually implementing Active Directory hosted on a QNAP NAS. However, in the meantime I have the issue of where my MacOS machines ...
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Can a family member use my iPhone, or does Touch ID lock them out on the iPhone SE?

Can we bypass TouchID? I'm getting an iPhone SE and wondering if I can let my kids/family members use my phone if they need to? I don't know much about Touch ID and am wondering if it can be bypassed,...
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Once I cancel my apple Music subscription will it still make me pay a months worth or does it end straight away?

I cancelled my Apple Music last month and deleted the account but Apple is still taking $12 out of my account for this month. Is this normal or do I have to contact Apple Support again?
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Keep note sheet as black text on white background while Notes.app is in dark mode

I am enjoying dark mode in macOS Mojave. This includes the list boxes and sidebar in the Notes.app. Except, the note sheet itself is awkward with white-text-on-black-blackground. Is it possible to ...
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User cannot login using AD credentials, others can

Setting up a new MBP (mojave) for a user to replace their iMac. Mac is bound to our Active Directory and test AD account can login and create mobile user without issue. The user that already has a ...
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Merging multiple apple ID’s

Since getting our first iPad and iPhone and while new to Apple, 3 or 4 iCloud email accounts were setup for at least 2 new Apple ID’s. Is it possible to merge them or should I just delete the least ...
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How do you stop wtmp from erasing?

I track user login times on a couple of shared computers running OSX 10.10.5 using the last command in terminal. It seems after updating from 10.9 the wtmp file gets frequently deleted and only show a ...
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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 account on mac?

I have an administrator account on my mac I don't need, and know the password but cannot delete it.
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MacOS Mojave: How do I change the default /Users directory for ALL users logging in?

I've seen this question answered in various forms for other iterations of Mac OS X, but Mojave is proving a bit more challenging. In short: I have several dual drive systems, (SSD and HDD) with the ...
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Mac logged me out and can’t get back in

My Mac logged me out and it forces me to login with the Guest account, which for some unknown reason is password protected and I can’t login! I tried restarting it but the issue persists! Before that ...
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Black Screen With Cursor on Logout in Yosemite

This is specifically occurring on Yosemite Macs that have been NetRestored. Initial login works fine. However, when restarting the Mac or logging out of the user, a black screen appears with only the ...
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Trouble logging into macOS

When I left my MacBook Pro for a minute, it closed out, which is normal. But, when I returned, it refused to accept my password to my regular administrator account. So I clicked on Guest User to see ...
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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 ...
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How to disable switching user with Touch ID?

So here is a hypothetic scenario: I'm at work presenting something to a colleague and we are both looking at my screen, when suddenly I have to access a service that requires a password. I use ...
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Does Bootcamp work for all users on a mac?

I am in the process of installing Bootcamp to my Mac. A question has just crossed my mind Can you only use windows from the account you set it up on, or does it work for all users on the mac? For ...
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How can I create a new user through terminal macOS 10.14

I am trying to write a script to add a user to a computer. These will not be admin accounts and should be staff accounts. I ran the following script and can login to the account but I can't access any ...
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Backing up another user’s mid-2013 Macbook Air

I have pretty much been a Windows user all my life but a family member has recently given me his mid-2013 i7 Macbook Air. This machine is logged in with his Apple account (I have the credentials) and ...
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Child's account as default login user

I'm a complete newbie at macOS. Bought a new MacBook Air for my eight year old child as that is what the school specified. Followed the online instructions for setting up family sharing then created ...
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Where can I find the “restorecount” value macOS uses to track open windows and reset it?

In System Preferences uncheck `General > Close windows when quitting an app Open TextEdit.app Press Cmd+N for a New file Quit TextEdit.app In Finder go to ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.TextEdit/Data/...
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Disabled then enabled kext signing; some keys no longer work properly

MacOS Sierra MacBook Pro mid2012 I disabled kext signing (to use change some icons in liteicon, which I never got to), and pretty soon some of my keys didn't work like they should. I then enabled it, ...
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Set different keyboard settings for two different users or applications on Mac?

One user of uses Microsoft Remote Desktop to use Windows-based, industry-specific software which requires constant use of function keys, while other users never uses function keys. I know that we can ...
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I can't log into root or my user account

I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro, with root setup and SIP disabled. I was downloading files today, and suddenly my computer couldn't connect to the internet (it said that it had a self-assigned ip). No ...
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Mac OS network password change syncs partially

In the company I work we use a Network Account Server. Every 3 months we have to change the password. My machine behaves weirdly at every restart. When the login screen comes, my current password does ...
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Delete an user account that does not show on HD or Users & Groups

I am being prompted with an account named "Other..." and even with admin permissions I cannot delete it as it does not show on my Users & Groups or in the file system. It is like it does not exist ...
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MacBook Pro admin access

How do I get access to admin on a Mac... need to set up a seperate user profile for my 2nd child. The administrator profile has disappeared
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Will Time Machine recognize my account if I change the user name?

macos allows you to change your user account name (the name of the home folder) (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201548). My question is, will this affect the Time Machine backups of this account? I ...
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Copy entire user profile to new device with different username

My work MBP has been set up as a standalone device, but now needs to join the corporate network. Is there a way to copy my entire user profile (apps, config, terminal settings etc) to a new device (...
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Enable Guest User in 10.14.x Via the Command Line (without a MDM)?

Is there a way to enable the Guest user via the terminal in 10.14.x? I have tried... defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist GuestEnabled -bool YES On machines where the ...
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Can't sign into iCloud on my Mac and Mac App Store, but have no trouble signing in using browsers

My @icloud.com is used in various browsers and devices. I tried to install updates on Mac App Store but it prompted I have the wrong password. Then I used my phone to reset the password. After ...
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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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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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Restricted AD users can still log on?

Active Directory user accounts have a property that allows admins to restrict them to specific machines. I.E. the user can only log onto a select list of Windows machines. Why am I mentioning this ...
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Change Local Admin passwords across the network

Is there a way to change admin passwords for all my Macs connected to my network. I know the local admin password for all PC's in my network and I need to just to change password for Username: admin ...
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My user preferences are gone after restart

I restarted my computer and it's like I have a new install. The system tells me it can't find a telephony file and my login startup items are gone. All my Finder preferences and other settings are ...
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Close other user’s app

Is there a Terminal command or script that will close an app running under another user? I’d rather close than kill, but if not possible, kill would work, too.
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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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Sharing icloud local storage between users

Context: I prefer to switch the user instead of closing and opening all apps and windows I need for work every day. Therefore I want to set up two users for myself on one machine: one for work and one ...
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What are 'com.apple.access_ssh' and 'com.apple.access_screensharing'; can I delete them?

When I examine the list of users and groups on my machine (OSX 10.9) with id I get: uid=501(Rax) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff) 103(Rax), 12(everyone), 61(localaccounts), ...