5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 14, 2010 5:45 PM by Kurt Lang
Jack Ball Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
I had problems with a user account
I set up a test account and whenever I log in to this account my dock, desktop, icon & window position, window appearance, revert to the apple default.

What do I do to get MY appearance and my dock to do what I want it to look like?

Also maybe related is Safari will not remember my home page my bookmarks etc.
Firefox will not run at all on the new user account but will on the old one otherwise I'd be using it.

macpro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • 1. Re: New user account not remembering my appearance dock etc.
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)
    Delete the test account, create another, and ensure it's an admin one. Log into it, set things up, and see if the changes stick when logging back into it. If not, download and install the 10.5.8 COMBO update, repair permissions, restart, and try again. If you're still having issues, reinstall the OS using the Archive & Install option, saving user and network settings. If that fixes the problem, run Software Update until there aren't any more things to install.
  • 2. Re: New user account not remembering my appearance dock etc.
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,990 points)
    What do I do to get MY appearance and my dock to do what I want it to look like?


    That's what a new account is supposed to do and look like. Everything you mention, including bookmarks and such are stored per account. Completely intentional so one user cannot access anything belonging to another user. You wouldn't want them being able to login into an online account you have your browser to automatically fill in your user name and password for, would you?

    It's also so each user account can be individualized. Your choice of desktop pattern/wallpaper/whatever, items you want on the Dock or don't. Fonts only you want access to and not everyone using that Mac, etc.

    Short answer: It's not a problem, that's what it's supposed to do.
  • 3. Re: New user account not remembering my appearance dock etc.
    Jack Ball Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
    I understand what a new account is supposed to do but my customizations will not remain under the new test account when I log out/log in.

    When I login with fast user switching even my mouse scroll speed is @ default every time AFTER I have changed it. Every login I have to speed it up to be useful.

    If I log out and turn OFF fast user switching, all customizations are lost when I log back in. The doc icons I have removed reappear and those i have added are gone. The desktop shortcuts I added are gone. I place the dock to the right it reappears at the bottom. I cannot change the desktop background. I can choose a color or image but it will not change.
    No changes I make are honored when I log back in.

    At an application level.
    Why won't firefox run?
    Why wont safari bookmarks bookmark and why does my choice of homepage not remain?
    Why wont Acrobat professional launch and instead I get "and internal error occurred"
    I am going to do an archive and reinstall.
  • 4. Re: New user account not remembering my appearance dock etc.
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)
    And, what happens if you turn off FUS, set things up, and log out and back in? Have you tried the other things I mentioned earlier?
  • 5. Re: New user account not remembering my appearance dock etc.
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,990 points)
    Ah! When you said whenever I log in to this account my dock, desktop, icon & window position, window appearance, revert to the apple default., I read that as you expected the new account to mimic the one which created it.

    In that case, yes, something is certainly wrong. An account should remember any changes you'd made to it. At least an Administrator or Standard account should. Which leads me to ask, what kind of account did you create? From the help files:

    Managed with Parental Controls: These accounts have limited privileges that are managed using Parental Controls preferences.

    Sharing Only: Sharing only users can access shared files in a specified location, but can’t change files on the computer or log in using the login window.


    Not sure how limited a Managed account would be, but the Sharing Only account does describe your issue. Any changes you made would not be allowed to be permanent as files can't be changed. Which would also be why FireFox wouldn't run. No setup or initial preference files would be allowed to be written to disk. Same with Acrobat and others.