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Force User Logout

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JimVollmer Calculating status...
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Feb 18, 2008 6:23 PM
Is there a way as the Administrator user to log other users off the system.

The kids rarely logout of their account when they are done using it. There are times when I want exclusive use. I currently restart the computer when I want to do this.

Is there an easier way ?

Thanks
Jim
iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,865 points)
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    Feb 18, 2008 6:25 PM (in response to JimVollmer)
    Try using the Activity Monitor in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder to force quit their instance of the loginwindow process; this will cause all unsaved work in that account to be erased without further confirmation.

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  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    Feb 18, 2008 6:49 PM (in response to JimVollmer)
    Jim:

    If you have Fast User Switching enabled, disable it, so that one user has to log out before another can log in.

    If you think you need to have Switching enabled you can switch to the other users account, log in and logged out in Apple Menu > Log out User Name. Of course, this necessitates knowing the users login info, which can be a condition for sharing the use of the computer.

    Cheers

    cornelius

    cornelius
    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    Feb 18, 2008 7:26 PM (in response to JimVollmer)
    Jim:

    I have a better solution than restarting
    If you don't mind sharing the workaround you have, it may be helpful to other users reading this thread.

    Cheers

    cornelius

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    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    Feb 19, 2008 7:02 AM (in response to JimVollmer)
    Jeff:

    Thanks for posting back with clarification. It is helpful to know that.

    Remember to warn other users to be sure to save their work before leaving the computer.

    Good luck.

    cornelius
    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6
  • cornelius Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
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    Feb 23, 2008 12:38 PM (in response to JimVollmer)
    Jim:

    If I understand your last posts correctly, you have resolved the issue to your satisfaction. If that is so, Congratulations! If not, please post back.

    Good luck.

    cornelius

    PS: Thank you for leaving feedback in Apple Discussions by marking the "helpful" posts.
    PismoG4 550, 120GB 5400 Seagate internal, 1 GB RAM; Pismo 500 OS X (10.4.11), Mac OS X (10.4.11), Beige G3 OS 8.6

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