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Take Control of Users & Accounts in Leopard

Book Description

Learn to manage user accounts and parental controls in Leopard! User accounts are an integral part of Mac OS X, but for many people, they're a source of confusion. No more, thanks to Kirk McElhearn's straightforward explanations, which help you understand and manage all the accounts for people who use your Mac, even if the only person is you. You'll learn how to create the right types of accounts for the different people who use your Mac, why you need at least two accounts, and what you can do with the many new options in Leopard's parental controls. Kirk shows you how to set up a troubleshooting account to solve problems, use Fast User Switching, share files between users, manage login and startup items, and more. Kirk even reveals tricks for sharing music and photos among multiple users on your Mac using iTunes and iPhoto. Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:

  • Why must I log in to my Macintosh?

  • Why are my files in the Users folder?

  • What's the difference between a login item and a startup item?

  • What's the purpose of an Administrator account?

  • How can I take advantage of the new Guest account?

  • How do I limit the time of day when my child can use his Mac?

  • Can I control who my child exchanges email with?

  • How can people log in and log out more quickly and with less bother?

  • What's the best way for users on my Mac to trade documents?

  • Can users on my Mac share my iTunes songs or iPhoto images?

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Users & Accounts in Leopard
    1. Read Me First
      1. What's New in Version 1.0.1
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Working with Accounts Quick Start
    4. 2. About User Accounts
      1. Working with Accounts
      2. What's New in Leopard
    5. 3. Types of Accounts
      1. Administrator Account
      2. Standard Account
      3. Managed Account
      4. Simplified Account
      5. Guest Account
      6. Root Account
    6. 4. Choose an Account Strategy
      1. Single User Mac
        1. Set up a standard account for everyday work
        2. Set up a troubleshooting account
      2. Multi-User Mac at Home
      3. Multi-User Mac in an Office or School
    7. 5. Create and Delete Accounts
      1. Set Up an Account
        1. Add an account picture
        2. Turn on parental controls
      2. Advanced User Account Options
        1. User ID and Group ID
        2. Short Name
        3. Home Directory
        4. Login Shell
        5. UUID
        6. Aliases
      3. Delete an Account
      4. Enable or Disable the Root Account
    8. 6. Set Parental Controls
      1. Enabling Parental Controls
        1. System controls
          1. Simplified account
          2. Limit application access
        2. Content Controls
        3. Dictionary controls
        4. Web site restrictions
        5. Mail & iChat Controls
        6. Time Limits
        7. Logs
        8. Remote Management of parental controls
    9. 7. Log In to and Out of Accounts
      1. Log in to Your Account Normally
      2. Customize the Login Window
      3. Bypass the Login Window
      4. Log in as Root
      5. Log Out of Your Account
    10. 8. Fast User Switching
      1. Turn on Fast User Switching
      2. Use Fast User Switching
      3. Limitations of Fast User Switching
    11. 9. Manage Login and Startup Items
      1. Login Items
        1. Add login items
        2. Delete login items
      2. Startup Items
    12. 10. Troubleshoot Startup and Login Items
    13. 11. Troubleshoot Preference Files
    14. 12. Share Files among Users
      1. Share Files Via a Shared Volume
      2. Share Files Via the Shared Folder
      3. Share Files Via Public Folders and Drop Boxes
        1. Public folders
        2. Drop Box folder
      4. Share Files Via an iDisk
    15. A. Share Digital Media Files
      1. Share Your iTunes Library
      2. Share Your Iphoto Library
    16. B. Learn More
    17. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgements
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits