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Chapter 11. Security and Accounts > Fast User Switching

11.7. Fast User Switching

The account system described so far in this chapter has its charms. It keeps everyone's stuff separate, it keeps your files safe, and it lets you have the desktop picture of your choice.

As fans of Mac OS X 10.0, 10.1, and 10.2 may have discovered, though, it was capable of going from handy to hassle in one split second. That's when you're logged in, and somebody else wants to duck in just for a second—to check email or a calendar, for example. You had no choice but to log out completely, closing all of your documents and quitting all of your programs. When the interloper was finished, you had to log back in and fire up all your stuff again, hoping against hope that your inspirational muse hadn't fled in the meantime.


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