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Chapter 11. One Mac, Many Users > Introducing User Accounts

11.1. Introducing User Accounts

When you first installed Mac OS X, as described in Appendix A, you were asked for a name and password. You may not have realized it at the time, but you were creating the first user account on your Macintosh. Since that fateful day, you may have made a number of changes to your desktop—adjusted the Dock settings, set up your folders and desktop the way you like them, added some favorites to your Web browser, and so on—without realizing that you were actually making these changes only to your account.

Figure 11-1. When you set up several accounts, you don't turn on the Mac so much as sign into it. A command in the menu called Log Out also summons this sign-in screen. Click your own name, and type your password, to get past this box and into your own stuff.



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