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Starting Up Mac OS X

As you read in Chapter 1, Mac OS X is truly a multiuser operating system. This offers many benefits to you, but it also means that when you use the OS, you have to log in as a particular user. When you do so, what you can see and do depends on the settings for the user account you use to log in to the system. Understanding and managing the user accounts on your Mac is critical to getting the most from your computer.

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When you first start up Mac OS X after installing it, you didn't need to select a user account to log in. That's because by default Mac OS X uses the automatic login mode, which means that a designated user account is selected by your Mac automatically when it starts up. Because your Mac does it for you, you might not even realize that you have logged in. After your Mac starts up, the desktop appears just like when you log in to a user account manually. However, your Mac has gone through the login process—it just entered all the required information for you automatically.



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