Chapter 5. Setting Up Multiuser Accounts

In This Chapter

  • Adding, modifying, and deleting users

  • Establishing Parental Controls

  • Configuring FileVault

  • Avoiding keychains

In Chapter 4 of this minibook, I introduce you to the different Mac OS X multiuser account levels and the login process. In this chapter, if you're ready to share your MacBook with others, you can discover how to add new accounts and edit existing accounts. Oh, and yes, I also show you how to frag — that's multiplayer game-speak for delete — accounts that you no longer need. I also demonstrate how to add optional limitations to an individual user account and how to avoid using a keychain (which is supposed to make it easier to store that pocketful of passwords that you've created on the Internet).

Yes, you read correctly. By all that's good and righteous, Mac OS X actually has a feature that I don't want you to use. Read on to find out more.

Adding, Editing, and Deleting Users

All multiuser account chores take place in a single System Preferences pane. (Cue James Bond theme song.) The Accounts pane is the star of this chapter, so open System Preferences and click the Accounts icon.

If you haven't added any users to your system yet, the Users list should look like Figure 5-1. You should see your account, which you set up when you installed Mac OS X, set to administrator (admin) level.


You also have an entry for a Guest account, which anyone can use on an as-needed basis. To enable the Guest account, click the Guest entry in ...

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