7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2013 6:44 PM by Kappy
TG10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

I'm somewhat new to the Mac OS and after having used it myself for awhile I'd like to create a username for my wife so that she can manager her music, photos, data etc.

 

Can anyone point me towards a good resource for walking me through this process?

 

Thanks!

 

TG10


iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), iOS 6.1.2
  • 1. Re: create new user
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)
    1. Open Users & Groups preferences in System Preferences.
    2. Click on the lock icon and enter your admin password as requrested.
    3. Click on the Add [-] button under the users list.
    4. 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.

  • 2. Re: create new user
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,285 points)

    I think Kappy meant, in step 3, Add [+] button.

     

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    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.

  • 3. Re: create new user
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    Well, that's a good rule, but would eliminate 90% of all Mac users.

  • 4. Re: create new user
    TG10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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?

  • 5. Re: create new user
    OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,130 points)

    TG10 wrote:

     

    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.

  • 6. Re: create new user
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,285 points)

    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.

  • 7. Re: create new user
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,855 points)

    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.