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Take Control of Users & Accounts in Tiger by Kirk McElhearn

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Chapter . Fast User Switching

Mac OS X allows you to switch from one user account to another without first logging out of the first account. You can keep applications and documents open in the first account, switch to another account and work in it, then switch back.

Fast User Switching is great for people who share a Mac. Say you’re working on your Mac and your spouse or child simply has to check his email. Rather than log out and shut down your applications, you can switch to his account quickly, he can check his email, and then you can switch back to your account and pick up right where you left off. But since leaving applications open in non-active accounts uses some memory, users of professional applications, such as memory-hungry graphics ...

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