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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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How do i remove this Guest User / greyed out remove button

One day i got some malware on my mac. Finally removed it successfully, but this was somehow created when i first got the malware. All the forums i've found just say hit the "-" aka remove but it is ...
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How to hide user accounts when starting up my Mac?

I would like to hide that Admin user. Command: sudo dscl . create /Users/admin IsHidden 1 only hides the user when logging out. But when I restart my computer and the launch screen pops up I can still ...
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Move to a larger drive

My wife got me an external SSD for my bday. I'm on a 2013 Mac Pro, so my existing user folder is already on another external. I'd like to move to the new drive and use the old one for backups. Given ...
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How can I create a new macOS user using a pre-existing home directory?

I had some issues on my machine and had to reinstall macOS High Sierra from the recovery partition. Not sure if the setup didn't complete, or maybe it just didn't work as I expected, but I ended up at ...
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MacBook Air Running Yosemite - Merge Two User Accounts?

I am brand new to Mac. I very recently migrated all of my files from my Windows PC. When setting up my MacBook Air initially, I was instructed to create a user account. When I migrated my files ...
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Difference between macOS login root and Darwin Terminal root

The recent major security flaw in macOS 11.13.[1,2] has turned the usual advice of not enabling the root account on its head. But it has left me a bit confused about exactly what root account is being ...
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OS X slow after switching users

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite with 4GB of RAM and 200+ GB of disk space. After switching users, the user who has just logged in is slow. Waiting several minutes or dropping to ...
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How To Give Each User Separate Applications Folder

I just got a used Mac mini and am currently setting it up for me and my family to use. Before this, the only Mac in the house was my MacBook Pro and very rarely did anyone else use it, so I had the ...
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Is there an iCloud equivalent to Google's Inactive Account Manager?

Google has an Inactive Account Manager that allows you to specify people who will be given access to your account if you do not log in after a set amount of time. For instance, I have it set up so ...
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Can a logged in user restore its ~/Library folder from a Time Machine backup made with a previous version of the OS?

The full story: I have a clone of my old MBP drive which had Yosemite installed. I now have a new MBP with macOS Sierra on it. I tried to transfer the data from my old Mac to the new one using ...
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Stop MacBook from installing applications for multiple user accounts

I have multiple user accounts on my MacBook. At the moment all of my applications go to a root folder and then there are separate folders for my user accounts. I'm having a problem with application ...
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Mac os Sierra 10.13.1 : Unable to create an account

I can't create an account on mac os sierra, when I add all informations (account name, password,...), all seems to go fine, then instead of creating an account I find that a "Group" is created! When ...
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How can I copy application settings from one user account to the other on the same machine?

I have two user accounts (a work and personal account) on my MacBook Pro 5,3 with OS X 10.11.6. On both I use the same Logitech MX Master mouse in combination with the Logitech Options application. I ...
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Fast user Switching remains disabled [duplicate]

Even when I unlock the Fast User Switching functionality, using an admin account, the menu remains disabled. What could be causing this? And, how could I solve it?
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How to enable fast user switching when Login Options are disabled?

I'm not sure how this machine was setup, but I do have control over it now as a local admin. I need to enable fast user switching, but the option is greyed out along with some others. This is after ...
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Double login required, but second entry of username and password not accepted

When loading my MacBook Pro mid-2012, it prompts me with the usual login screen with my account picture and name such that I just have to enter a password. I enter my password and all is well. After ...
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How can I add another Directory Admin on OpenDirectory

Right now, I am planning to have another account on my OpenDirectory on our Mac Server. How can I add another Directory Admin on OpenDirectory? I already added a user but I thinks it's not it. I ...
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Why does Users & Groups System Preference not display a user?

There's a user from whom I inherited my work Mac who is listed under the /Users directory, however, this user doesn't appear in the Users & Groups system preference. I am an admin on the Mac so I ...
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Users on boot screen don't refresh

I'm running macOS 10.13 on a MacBook. Users & Groups show me one Current User and a deactivated Guest User: but on the boot screen another user shows up, that I had added and removed a few weeks ...
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Issue with 2 stage authentication on new Apple iPhone and MacBook Air

I am quite the predicament and my Google searches have not been fruitful at all. I have an iPhone 5 that has now decided to not go past the Apple logo and won't turn on. It appears the battery is ...
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How can I access the same account (and files) from either of two Macs?

I have two Macs in two rooms. Both have just macOS (High Sierra). I would like to log into either one from my user account, and find my files the way I last edited them on either Mac. Accessing one'...
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Can user accounts be managed via the command line?

Is there any way to add, remove, or modify user accounts via the command line? I'm not talking about an account for a system process or daemon, I mean is there any way to add a user account, change, ...
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Revert an account's “full name” back to the original

I don't think this is a "short name" question. I changed my "full name" to include my last name, but I'd like to revert back to just my first name. When I try to change the full name entry under "...
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No Users on my MacBook Pro

My laptop became unresponsive yesterday and so I forced it to reboot. When it turned on again my user account didn't pop up as it usually does, neither did guest. There was only the option for "Other.....
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Legitimate user or hacker -Terminal?

I have recently used the terminal and entered the command sudo -s and then dscl . -list /users so I could see all accounts/users who have access to my mac. How do I know which names are supposed to ...
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Guest mode problem

Recently I have changed the name of my admin, and took off the password. at the beginning everything looked right. However, when I turned off my MacBook Pro 2017, and turned it on again,now it gives ...
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Delete old users files on a secondhand Mac

I recently purchased a 3 year old secondhand corporate owned MacBook Pro which has a lot of files from the previous user. Users are as follows: admin (admin) from old corporate IT department myself (...
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username different in Terminal and System Preferences

I am new to Mac. Recently I realized something for usernames. When I type whoami in Terminal. It returns apple. However in System Preferences>Users and Groups" there is only one user and it says "...
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How to change username that shows in Terminal? [duplicate]

In the Terminal, my username shows up as keegankuhn (firstnamelastname) when I want it to show kk (firstinitiallastinitial). (I want this to actually change and not just show something else!) How ...
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Delete all admin user except administrator

I would like to delete all the users who have admin privileges except for a user named "administrator" dscl . -delete /Groups/admin I think the above command will delete all admin users, but is ...
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OS X Samba file sharing continuously asks for password

I'm trying to share my MacBook's files via Samba sharing. I've set it up in Settings, but can't connect to the machine from another computer! On the other computer I set up the connection with the ...
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List of connected users

Sometimes, when need restart my Lion server, it warns me about the "connected users". How is possible to show who is connected?
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How do I clone the local drives' Users directory ACL to an external drive?

My local drive (Macintosh HD) runs out of space so I want to setup an external drive (External HD) with the same /Users directory and associated ACL as on the Macintosh HD drive and offload some of ...
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map network drives

I need to get a script that would map network drives based on a person's user name (we use AD to allow access). It used to work prior to 10.10. We have a new Mac lab that is running 10.12.6. The old ...
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Installing Network Link Conditioner for All Users (Yosemite)

I'm currently deploying "Network Link Conditioner" out to my web team. It's the latest version from the Apple Developer Website (October 16, 2014 from Hardware IO Tools) and I'm installing it on 10.10 ...
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What are the valid users that need to exist on Mac OS X

For example with CleanMyMac username option I can see users like "Kerberos FAST Account", com.apple.calendarserver and large number of others all with system privileges with id 260 or below except ...
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How do I change the format of the name in Terminal?

I don't know what this is called, can anyone clarify? Is it called the name / hostname. I don't know what you call it. On Ubuntu my Terminal shows kalima@coolbox:~$ But on OSX my Terminal shows ...
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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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Outlook 2011 cannot delete account

Recently migrated work email to office365, therefore, all of our users have a new account on a new exchange server. Added this without fuss, but upon trying to remove the obsolete account outlook ...
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Changed User ID Whilst Logged In (Still Logged in Now)

I was changing some settings when I came across the user id in the accounts section. For some inexplicable reason I thought it meant my network User ID, ie what I would identify to a router with. No ...
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Tradeoffs between symlinking vs changing path to $HOME

I'm moving my user account $HOME to a different drive. The Apple-blessed procedure is outlined here. An alternative would be just to symlink from the old to the new location. Are there any ...
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Dropbox asking for permissions to wrong folder after changing account name

I just got a new macbook and is now installing apps to it. After setting up Dropbox and everything else, I decided that I wanted to change the account name (which was previously "mac") to my name. ...
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Log out other user w/o first switching to that user

My wife use separate accounts and quick user switching on a MBP running 10.6. Sometimes I want to log her out to free up some RAM, but I'd like to avoid logging in as her, logging out, then logging ...
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Two iCloud accounts on one Mac using Sierra

I share a Macbook Pro with my partner. We have our own user account on the Mac which we sign into whenever we want to use it. We also have our own iCloud accounts. However when I sign into iCloud ...
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Is it possible to hide an account from the login screen where you can see all the users?

I've got a Mac mini for temp/freelance staff to use while they were working in the office. After a few years there's quite a few accounts on the Mac mini which are no longer required. I don't want ...
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Restore Old User Account from files

I have an old MBP (2008) and I've been updating the OS after waiting for so long. I installed Yosemite recently, and am now installing El Capitan. Idiotically, I forgot to make a backup before doing ...
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Using X11-Forwarding to show UI that runs by different user

I've logged on to my Mac under 'user1', and opened a terminal in which I've switched to another user 'user2' using su command. Now I've opened a .txt file from that terminal by typing open file.txt ...
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Removing old users with sudo in terminal

Awhile ago, I removed a former staff account from a mac mini but kept the home folder in users, using the regular user management UI in system preferences. A virus scan came up with multiple threats ...
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Effects of logging in to same Apple ID on multiple macOS accounts (single computer)

On my Mac running macOS Sierra, I have a "main user" that has no admin privileges. I also have a second user which has admin privileges. I invoke the privileges of that "admin user", when admin ...
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Cannot enable guest account

I cannot enable Guest Account. Logged as admin, I got at Users & Groups, select Guest User,and tick Allow guests to log on this computer. Even when ticked, "disabled" appears bellow Guest User ...