• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Resetting Your Password

If you're logged in, choose Apple menu, System Preferences and click Accounts to see the accounts preferences.

Click your username in the list and then click the Password tab.

Click Change Password.

Type your old password and the new password in the Password and Verify fields.

INTRODUCTION

Because you need a password to access files on your Mac, be sure to choose a password you can't forget, and take advantage of the Hint feature to provide yourself with a memory-jogging phrase when you need it. If the worst does happen and you just can't figure out your password, here's how to remedy the situation.


TIP

Don't Make It Too Easy

This might seem obvious, but if you enter a hint for your password, don't make the hint too obvious. Even if you're tempted to just use the password itself for the hint, don't!


If you have forgotten the Mac's main admin password (the one used by its first admin user), insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 CD and restart. Press C on your keyboard until you see the spinning gear symbol.

When the Installer starts up, choose Installer, Reset Password.

Choose the hard drive where your system software resides and then select your username.

Enter the new password twice and click Save.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint