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Sharing Your Computer with Multiple Users

As you've heard in previous chapters, Mac OS X is a true multiuser operating system because everyone who works on the computer has a separate, private area in which to store personal files. While you don't have to make use of the multiuser capabilities of your Mac, they affect the system's structure which may require special attention, in terms of both their benefits and problems.

Understanding User Accounts

In a multiuser system, everyone who works on the computer can have a separate account. In practice, that means when one user saves a document to the desktop, it does not appear on the desktop that the other users see when they sit down to use the same computer. Also, each person can set system preferences that show up only when he or she is logged in. Users can customize the Dock and the desktop appearance and expect them to remain that way.


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