- Open Users & Groups preferences in System Preferences.
- Click on the lock icon and enter your admin password as requrested.
- Click on the Add [-] button under the users list.
- Configure the new account for your wife adding her username and password.
Note that you can give her admin status like yourself or you can change her account to a Standard or Managed account as you wish.
I think Kappy meant, in step 3, Add [+] button.
John Detroye, an Apple Education Consulting Engineer, said that deciding who should have "Admin" access was a difficult decison in general.
He says his rule is that anyone granted "Admin" Access should be capable of undoing any mess they make while using that special Access.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Thanks for your response.
what is the "account name" prompt wanting from me when I create my wife's new account. Is this her apple id and password info?
It can be anything. Mom. Wife. Mrs. Jones. Amanda. Whatever.
Apple_IDs are more global in nature, and are used when dealing with Apple Web sites, iTunes, iCloud and stuff like that.
What it is asking there is much more mundane:
"What do you want to type as your name to log in to this one Mac."
This name will also be used to create a sub-directory under /Users, and that is where all her files will be stored. So it must meet a few filesystem rules, such as it cannot contain a colon, or start with a period.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Account Name: this is the desired username. Should not contain any special characters other than the "_" underscore. A good username might be something like, firstname_lastname. This is case sensitive, so use all lower-case.
Password: this is the desired account password. Should be a random mix of upper/lower-case letters and numbers. A minimum of 11 characters is recommended. Do not use names, words, birthdays, etc.