OS X Apple Mac computers make sharing a computer delightfully easy. So despite the actual machine being rather eye wateringly expensive, you can make yourself feel better by spreading the Apple love amongst the whole family. Each user will still get to use all the amazing apps and bonus features a Mac computer provides except they can each have individual private accounts, so nosy brothers and sisters can’t get into each other files.
For for example if there are two or more users wanting to use just the one OS X Apple Mac computer (could be a laptop like MacBook Pro or the sexy big screened iMac) each person will have private login details that will access their private files and folders. Each user will also have their own desktop and can set their own customised preferences. So while the mother of the family may want a black and white photo of Elvis Presley gracing her wallpaper and a pristinely neat selection of files on her desktop, the little brother of the family can have a formula one racing wallpaper and a desktop sprawled with countless files, games, music tracks and the latest apps.
Each account is unique to each user.
Administrator vs users
Despite having potentially countless extra User accounts, the Mac computer itself will have at least one main user known as the ‘Administrator’. They are the chief of the computer and have that little bit more control over the number of items they can edit or alter compared to normal Mac user accounts. For example, an admin user maybe a parent who would like to add parental controls onto there children’s user account to protect them whilst they surf online.
Obviously if there is only one user account, because only one person is using the Mac, they are automatically the administrator of the computer and can administer and control other future user accounts.
Note – Administrators have a particularly important role to play when computers are networked together, however you can potentially have several administers on one computer, it depend what type of account you open for new users.
How to Add New User Accounts on Mac
It is very easy set up and add new users on a Mac, just follow these simple sets bellow…
1.) Click open your ‘System Preferences’. You can do this by either clicking once on the system preference icon sitting in your Mac dock, or by clicking on your Apple menu from the toolbar and selecting the option front the drop down menu.
2.) Once inside the System preferences window you will be greeted by an array of icons. In the fourth row down you will see an icon that looks like two silhouette heads, this is the your Users & Groups icon. Go ahead and click it open.
3.) The information about the current account will be displayed. This will be your personal account and the information displayed will be the details you filled out when you originally set up your Mac.
4.) At the bottom of the Users & Groups window is a picture if an padlock. This padlock image has to be open in order to add addition users. If yours is currently close, just click on the icon to open it up.
5.) Now browse for the + button. Click on it to add a new user to your Mac.
6.) A window with blank fields will appear. Here you need to fill out details about the new user, i.e. Type of account, Full Name, account Password etc.
7.) Finally click on the big blue ‘Create User’ button.
8.) The new account will now be added to the list in the Accounts window under ‘Other Users’.
Tip – Each user account on Mac can select their own cover photos. There will be some wildlife images that are ready available to select, but why not jazz it up and select a proper photo of yourself. You could even take a hilarious selfie on Photo Booth.
If you would like to DELETE a new user and would like step-by-step instructions to to so, feel free to check our article ‘How to Delete user on Mac’.
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