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Chapter 2. Getting Started with Mac OS X > Creating and Configuring User Accoun...

Creating and Configuring User Accounts

If you share your Mac with other people, you should create a user account for each person who will be using your machine. As you read previously, user accounts provide specific folders for each user that are used to store information (such as application preferences) and documents and other files that are specific to them. Each user account can be customized in many ways; for example, you can have a different set of applications start up for each user and each can have her own Dock and desktop configuration.

Rather than creating a single user account for each person, you can create a user account that several people share. This can be useful if there are people who use your Mac but don't necessarily need private directories or individual customization. For example, if you share your Mac with children, you might want to create a single user account for them to use.


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