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How do I customize the Guest Account in Lion

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Richard Tripp Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Aug 10, 2011 10:48 AM

There is a discussion thread on how to customize the dock for the Guest account in Leopard <https://discussions.apple.com/message/6511435#6511435> but I do not think it will work in Lion.

 

I would like to customize the desktop and dock for the Guest account. I want a true Guest Account that will erase files when they log out.

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,275 points)
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    Aug 10, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to Richard Tripp)

    Richard Tripp wrote:

     

    I want a true Guest Account that will erase files when they log out.

     

     

    I thought the default nature of Guest account was to erase all files and folders?  Maybe I am missing something.

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 2.4GHz IntelCore i5 320 HD 8GB RAM
  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,275 points)
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    Aug 10, 2011 11:20 AM (in response to Richard Tripp)

    Enable Guest Account

     

    >Users&groups>

     

    unlock your padlock>login Options>Enable Guest Account.

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  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,275 points)
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    Aug 10, 2011 12:22 PM (in response to Richard Tripp)

    Ok create a new user account. Hit the plus sign.

  • mardenbraga Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 7:12 AM (in response to Richard Tripp)

    I  need to know how to delete the guest account .... Thanks

    Marden Braga

  • ms4505 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 3, 2011 12:41 PM (in response to Richard Tripp)

    I'd like to go back to the original question. I don't see an answer here yet.

     

    We just set up a new iMac in the front office and need the "Guest" account for those who float through the office. Unfortunately, the way it currently works, each time they open Microsoft Word they are asked to register since the user files are deleted.

     

    I would also like to update the dock removing things they won't use like "Mail" and adding Pages and other applications they will use.

     

    Other constant customizations would be great (setting system preferences like printer, custom desktop, Safari Home Page, etc.) but at least not having them asked to register applications each time would be good.

     

    The original poster, Richard, added a link to how to do it in Snow Leopard, but it doesn't work in Lion.

     

    Anyone figure out how to do this in LION yet?

     

    Thanks.

  • ms4505 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2011 6:41 AM (in response to ms4505)

    Found the check box allowing customization of the dock. Don't know how I missed it before.

     

    I still would love to have some custom System preferences.

     

    Any ideas from the Terminal masters out there?

  • ms4505 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2011 4:11 PM (in response to Richard Tripp)

    Early optimism shot down Richard.

     

    If you select "Parental Controls" for the Guest user, you can then check the box "Allow User to Modify the Dock".

     

    It does allow you to change the Dock, but resets when you log out so no permanent change.

     

    Back to square one.

  • Király Level 6 Level 6 (9,460 points)
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    Dec 7, 2011 11:04 AM (in response to ms4505)

    I haven't tried it in Lion, but this is possible to do with Workgroup Manager in OS X 10.6 and earlier. I have done it myself in Leopard and Snow Leopard.

     

    Try downloading the Lion Server Admin Tools and see if Workgroup Manager will allow it. You might need to check "Show all records" under the menus (can't remember which one) to make the Guest account visible in the list.

  • ms4505 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 9, 2011 5:47 AM (in response to Király)

    I have Workgroup Manager running on the machine and see where to make the changes but can't authenticate to unlock the padlock. How do I log in? I've tried my Administrative Username and Password as well as the Master Password for the machine. No luck. Any ideas?

  • Király Level 6 Level 6 (9,460 points)
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    Dec 9, 2011 8:36 AM (in response to ms4505)

    Enter localhost in the Domain field, in addition to the admin username/password.

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