Mac OS X Lion Changing Computer Settings

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Mac OS X Lion

Changing Your Computer's Settings

At some point, you'll probably need to change some of the settings on your computer. OS X Lion makes this as easy as possible by putting almost all of the settings in one place: the System Preferences window. In this lesson, we'll give an overview of the System Preferences window, and also show you how to create multiple accounts on your computer.

To Open System Preferences:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
    Going to System PreferencesGoing to System Preferences
  2. The System Preferences window will open. You can then select the desired category to change settings.
    The System Preferences windowThe System Preferences window
You can also open System Preferences from the Dock or Launchpad.
Opening System Preferences from the DockOpening System Preferences from the Dock
Review the interactive to learn about some of the settings that you can change in System Preferences.

Creating Additional Accounts

Multiple accountsMultiple accounts

If multiple people are going to be using your computer, you'll need to decide whethereveryone will share an account, or whether each person will have their own account. Having a separate account for each person has some advantages. For example, each person will have their own desktop that they can personalize. In addition, parents will be able to set parental controls for each child's account.

Administrator, Standard, and Managed Accounts

Before you start making new user accounts, it's important to understand the different types:

  • Administrator: Administrator accounts are special accounts used for making changes to system settings or managing other people's accounts. They have full access to every setting on the computer. Every computer will have at least one Administrator account, and if you're the owner, you should already have a password to this account.
  • Standard: Standard accounts are the basic accounts you use for normal, everyday tasks. As a Standard user, you can do just about anything you would need to do, such as running software or personalizing your desktop.
  • Managed with Parental Controls: Managed accounts are the only type that can have parental controls. You can create a Managed account for each child, and then go to the Parental Controls settings in your System Preferences to set website restrictions, time limits, and more. You can also convert a Standard account into a Managed account by enabling parental controls.

Generally, it's safer to be logged in to a Standard account instead of an Administrator account. If you're logged in as an Administrator, it may actually make it easier for an unauthorized user to make changes to your computer. Therefore, you may want to create a Standard account for yourself, even if you're not sharing the computer with anyone. You'll still be able to make Administrator-level changes; you'll just need to provide your Administrator password when making the changes.

To Create a New Account:

  1. From your System Preferences, select Users & Groups (if you are using an earlier version of OS X, select the Accounts category).
    Selecting the Users & Groups settingsSelecting the Users & Groups settings
  2. Locate the Lock icon in the lower-left corner of the window. It will either be open or closed.
    The Lock iconThe Lock icon
  3. If the Lock icon is closed, you will need to click it and type your password in order to make changes. Then, clickUnlock.
    Typing a password to unlock the settingsTyping a password to unlock the settings
  4. Click the button with the plus sign (+) to begin creating a new account.
    Creating a new accountCreating a new account
  5. Choose the account type from the drop-down menu.
    Selecting an account typeSelecting an account type
  6. Type a Full Name and Password for the new account (the Account name will appear automatically). In theVerify field, type the password again. If you want, you can type a Password hint to help you remember it. When you are done, click Create User.
    Typing the name, password, and hint for the new accountTyping the name, password, and hint for the new account
  7. If you want, you can click on the account picture and select a different picture.
    Selecting a new account pictureSelecting a new account picture

To Switch to a Different Account:

  1. Click the Apple icon and select Log Out.
    Logging outLogging out
  2. You will see an icon for each account. Select the account that you want to use.
    Selecting an accountSelecting an account
  3. Type the account password and press the Return key (or Enter key) to log in to the account.
    Typing the account passwordTyping the account password



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