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Take Control of Users & Accounts in Snow Leopard

Book Description

You'll find the answers to these questions and more:

  • Why do I have I log in to my Macintosh?

  • Why do my files reside in the Users folder?

  • What is the purpose of an Administrator account?

  • How can I take advantage of the Guest account?

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

  • Can I control who my child exchanges email with?

  • What's the best way for users on my Mac to share files?

  • How can I customize the way my login window behaves?

  • How can I speed up the log in and log out process for everyone?

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

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

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Users & Accounts in Snow Leopard
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Basics
      3. What's New in This Edition
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Working with Accounts Quick Start
    4. 2. About User Accounts
      1. Working with Accounts
      2. What's New in Leopard and Snow 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
        3. A few more settings
      2. Advanced User Account Options
        1. User ID and Group ID
        2. Account 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. Find the Parental Controls
      2. Enable Parental Controls
        1. System controls
          1. Simplified account
          2. Limit application access
        2. Content Controls
          1. Dictionary controls
          2. Web site restrictions
        3. Mail & iChat Controls
        4. Time Limits
        5. Logs
        6. Applying parental controls to another user
      3. Manage Parental Controls Remotely
    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. Learn Fast User Switching Basics
      2. Turn On Fast User Switching
      3. Use Fast User Switching
      4. 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 an itunes Library
        1. Share one library
        2. Use iTunes Home Sharing
      2. Share an iphoto Library
    16. B. Learn More
      1. Books
      2. Web Sites
    17. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plug
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits