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Part 11. Sharing Your Mac with Multiple Users

Part 11. Sharing Your Mac with Multiple Users

Mac OS X is designed to be a multiuser operating system, meaning each user of a single Mac has his own account. Each user is either a standard user or an admin user; admin users can change preferences, install programs, and modify files—changes that affect all users rather than just the user who implements them.

Your account can be customized with your choice of name, password, and login picture (used both in the login dialog box and for Internet messaging with iChat). You also get your very own home folder, named with the short version of your login name. Your home folder is where you can put all your documents, music, pictures, and so on, and you can keep other users from reading, moving, or even seeing what files are in your home folder. When you do want to share files, you can put them in specific places where other users have access to them. Because customizations—such as the desktop picture, screen saver module, monitor resolution, and clock settings—apply only to the user who sets them up, you can also use user accounts to create different configurations of your Mac for specific purposes, rather than for different people.


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