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21. Working with User Accounts

Understanding Mac OS X User Accounts

Do you share your Mac with other people either at work or at home? Then you’re no doubt all too aware of one undeniable fact of human psychology: People are individuals with minds of their own! One person prefers a constantly changing desktop background; another person likes to populate the menu bar with every available icon; yet another person prefers to have a zillion shortcuts on the desktop; and, of course, everybody uses a different mix of applications. How can you possibly satisfy all those diverse tastes and prevent people from coming to blows?

It’s a lot easier than you might think. Mac OS X lets you set up a different user account for each person who uses the computer. ...

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