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Chapter 11. Security and Accounts > Introducing Accounts

11.1. Introducing Accounts

When you first installed Mac OS X, whether it was 10.3 or an earlier version (see 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 summons this sign-in screen, as does the new Accounts menu described later in this chapter. Click your own name, and type your password (if any), to move past this box and into your own stuff.



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