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Chapter 16. Setting Up Accounts and Main... > Setting Fast User Switching

Setting Fast User Switching

One of the advantages to having multiple users and owning Panther, is the ability to quickly switch between users (). For example, one of your users wants to quickly check her e-mail. Before Panther, you would have to close out all your files, log out, and then let her log in, but not any more. Panther allows more than one user access to your computer, and lets you switch back and forth on the fly without closing anything. Think of a large box, and each side of the box represents a user account, along with their personalized desktop, specific folders and applications. To access a new account you simply rotate the box to display another face. That's exactly how it looks when you switch users using Fast User Switching. As you watch, the screen rotates to another face on the box displaying another user, and your account is still active. When she's finished checking her e-mail, all you have to do is switch back. It's that simple, and on systems with multiple users, this one feature can save you a lot of wasted time.

Enable Fast User Switching

Click the Apple menu, and then click System Preferences.

Click the Accounts icon.

IMPORTANT Only the System Administrator can activate Fast User Switching.

Click the Login Options button.

Select the Enable Fast User Switching check box.

Click the Close button.



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