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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Is it possible to remove the “Shared” folder under Users?

Under "Sharing" in System Preferences, I do not have anything shared. However, I have a "Shared" folder under "Users". Is there a way to remove this folder?
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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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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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MacOS user password no longer working

I just got a new iMac and after going through setup it no longer seems to recognize my password. I was stuck outside my account so I reinstalled using recovery hoping it would reset everything ...
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What is a organizational device considered to be? [closed]

Would this be a device that is a organizational device because you get it from work? Or because of who makes the device? What is a organizational device. How can I find out.
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how to avoid the “downloaded application” warning for a Standard User

This is a followup on this post of mine: Application permissions for Standard user I'm now running MacOS High Sierra 10.13.5 and this problem is still irritating. I use my Mac as a Standard user. ...
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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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How to disable account on OS X Mavericks

I have an account on my OS X Mavericks system that I want to disable so it cannot be used for login. I would not like to delete the account permanently but rather disable it temporarily. I believe ...
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How do I change my macOS user account UUID to stop Apple tracking me?

I have read that the user accounts on a Mac actually have a UUID associated with them and this means Apple is tracking every action performed with that user account. I’ve already deleted all Facebook ...
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Help with changing user home folder file name

My computer was restored from my ex-wife's laptop 3 years ago. Her maiden name pops up as the user-folder name on all my files, and it's been wearing on me for a long time. I used this Q&A to try ...
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How to remove “_www” user from the everyone group?

As the question said: How do I remove the _www user form the everyone group? Background: I am trying to lock down PHP to my web directory. PHP runs under the _www user. My solution is to only give ...
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Save open applications and tabs state to file and be able to restore

I have 2 computers with the same applications installed and I use both for work. I would like to seamlessly move from one to the other and recreate the state of open applications I had in the previous ...
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Change managed mobile account with server 5.2

So I have an account on my iMac (Sierra 10.12.6) which was managed by a mac mini with mac OS Server (5.2). Actually, it's always considered Admin, Managed, Mobile open the iMac (even if I don't ...
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Confusion with sudo and multiple local accounts

I am having difficulties figuring out why certain things are much more complicated on a mac terminal than a standard linux shell.. Say I have two local accounts, one administrator called "adm" and a ...
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I have no administrative account after updating to High Sierra 10.13.5

I have just updated my Mac to High Sierra 10.13.5 and my account which used to be admin has now became standard. It seems I no longer have an administrative account and no solutions worked so far. I ...
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How do I recover the administrator or root password on OS X?

I received a hand me down white MacBook with 10.4 on it and it automatically logs into a user account that isn't able to change much in the preference pane. How do I recover or change the ...
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All accounts lost on each reboot

I recently purchased a used 2015 MacBook Pro. The machine is in excellent condition, and they did a factory reset before I took the device. Every time I shut down the machine, all of the users have ...
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How can I add login and logout sounds to OS X 10.8.x?

I would like to add login and logout sounds to my Mac. How can I do this?
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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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Removing “Other User” from startup screen

How do I get rid of "other user". I had used a Mac Tech prior and he worked on my Mac. It only showed my icon on the start up screen. Now I have another icon for another user which when I open it, it ...
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How can protect all privacy from someone that needs to use my Mac?

A friend of mine is going to stay here for two days, and I am sure he will need to ask me to use the Mac (and PC) in the study room. (which will be tons of work to move them and no matter where they ...
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How to specify group id for a user-defined group

When I set up my accounts in Snow Leopard Server, I was able to give an explicit group id to my user-defined groups using the old Workgroup Manager. Now that I've updated to Mountain Lion Server, I ...
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Convert domain account to local account

I see this Apple article on converting a local user account to a network user account: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5338 However, I'd like to do it in reverse. I'm comfortable with some of the steps,...
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Log individual users out of a period of inactivity? [duplicate]

There is a setting under Security & Privacy -> Advanced, to "Log out after X minutes of inactivity". However, this is a system wide setting. I just want to have my kids account log out after a ...
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How to setup iPads to be shared by multiple users?

My school has iPads for use for students. Currently, each student has their own iPad, with their own password, and own files on it. But I've seen other schools instead have laptops where students can ...
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Listing all the groups to which a user belongs in macOS

I want to know the groups of some user. $dscl . list /groups filterByUSer theFindUser Is this possible (even if I have to enumerate all the groups and then filter by user) in a straightforward ...
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Stopping “wants to make changes” password prompts on secondary account when performing admin tasks

I have a secondary user account that I use for work. Both my primary account and this one are set to Admin. When installing software updates (and in other instances that require higher privileges) ...
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Account username and password don't match on mac users & group on Mac

I had to format my Mac and make a new user, the guy who formatted it for me made the acc called "USER" and I changed it to my name from users & groups. It gave me a message that some changes will ...
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Simplest and Sure manner adding multiple Groups and Users, CentOS 7, macOS

I have this instructions on CentOS 7 Linux version. $ sudo groupadd oinstall $ sudo groupadd dba $ sudo groupadd oper $ sudo useradd -G dba,oper -g oinstall oracle $ sudo passwd oracle And Already ...
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User account no longer in ‘admin’, how to recover?

After a recent OS X update (currently Sierra, 10.12.3) the normal user on this machine is no longer in the admin group. I don't know what caused the account to be removed from that group; how can I ...
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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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Unable to delete user in Preferences

I've unlocked the Users & Groups preferences pane, nevertheless I'm unable to select the user "username" for deletion. How can I delete the account?
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Is it necessary to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down?

Is it necessary or recommended practice to eject external drives before logging out, restarting, or shutting down? (The drives are not being unplugged.) BTW, I am aware that I need to eject my ...
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Change Account Password to Blank

I recently changed an account password by accident, and was wondering how to set it back to a blank password via the shell. I have root privileges. Please help :) passwd USER doesn't accept blank ...
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Where are the User and Group definitions stored in High Sierra?

I would like to inspect UID and GID numerical values on my High Sierra (10.13.4) server, so that I can coordinate and de-conflict these for use with NFS. Since NFS authenticates at the server level, ...
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Are file permissions on macOS cryptographically enforced?

Are permissions set in the 'Get info' screen when right clicking on a file enforced cryptographically? If not, how are they enforced? Could anyone, for example, boot of a live OS on a USB stick and ...
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Is it still possible to migrate iphone app data to a new account by extracting the .ipa file and extracting the content?

For various reasons beyond the scope of this post, I must create a new Apple ID and iTunes account. There are a few apps on my phone that I must preserve the content from (I don't mind re-buying the ...
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Animated gif as user picture in OS X?

How can I set an animated gif as user picture in OS X? Is it possible?
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How to delete MacPorts user after using the Migration Assistant

My 2012 MacBook Air (11", i7 2GHz 8GB RAM) crashed and I had to erase the SSD and re-install macOS High Sierra with the Internet Recovery Mode tools. Once I had the working OS, I used the Migration ...
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Run script when new user logon the first time

I want to run a couple of .sh scripts when the user first login after user creation to set the correct settings. I know there is a folder (/Library/StartupItems) that let you place script for running ...
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How do I get rid of “phantom user” after migration?

I got a new Macbook so I used Migration Assistant to move all my content from the old Mac... my only used on the old mac was called 'user' and that is the only user I wanted to move to my new Mac. ...
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How do I add a user and group with a specific ID

This is the method in Linux: groupadd -g 5000 vmail useradd -g vmail -u 5000 vmail -d /var/mail How is it done in OS X?
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Is there any software to track user activity on Mac OS Server?

I'm running a Mac server in my office with the following set up Mac Mini with macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Apple Server 5.4 NAS unit On this system, we have a number of users connecting into it on a ...
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Is there a way to set multiple passwords for a single account on macOS?

I wonder if there is a way to set multiple passwords for a single user under macOS?
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Mac App store apps use a different user ID so I can't install updates

The OSX Mavericks machine that I use for work has Keynote, Pages, and Numbers installed under the company's Apple ID. (It was purchased in December 2012, pre-Mavericks. It was recently wiped and ...
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Creating a second background session with Apple Remote Desktop

Is it possible to access a remote Mac using Apple Remote Desktop and run a second session? Eg. while the main user is still in there account I could either go into their account or login with another ...
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How to enable a disabled User Account on a MacBook Pro running OS X El Captain?

I disabled a User Account in the System Preferences > Users & Groups > Right-click on a User > Advanced Options... > Login shell: using: /bin/false Now the disabled account is visible in the ...
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Change the name of an internal HDD

I have a 2011 iMac running High Seirra. I have an SSD with the OS installed and a separate HDD where I've put my Home Folder. Imaginatively named High Sierra HDD and High Sierra SSD. I'm trying to ...
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How do i get back my old user account after upgrading to OS X Yosemite 10.10.2?

Recently I upgraded a Mac to OS X Yosemite. When upgrading, a new user account was unintentionally created. Now, that newly created user account is being "recognized" as the main account [note:on this ...
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Spotify always starts and I’d like it not to on my Mac

My computer just ran out of batteries, so I plugged it in and started it up. Spotify began to open, but I did not want it to be open so I used right click-force quit. The application stayed open, but ...