Chapter 11. Sharing Your Mac with Multiple Users


Mac OS X is designed to be a multiuser operating system, meaning each user of a single Mac has his or her own account. Each user is either a standard user or an admin user. Admin users can change preferences, install programs, and modify files—in other words, they can make changes that affect all users rather than just the user who implements them. Standard users can only read and modify their own files, and they can only change their own settings.

Your account can be customized with your choice of name, password, and login picture (used both in the login dialog box and for instant messaging with ...

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