7 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2011 5:32 PM by seventy one
seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,940 points)

I read about the benefits of fast user switching and as I am about to open an account for my wife I would like to know more.   But …

I cannot find instructions that apply to Snow Leopard.   I have found a link … Systems pref > accounts > login options > open lock >

show fast user menu which is marked "icon" … but I cannot see where to go from here.

 

I got the impression that I could nominate which user accounts could be switched and that these accounts could be permanently

logged in so that I only need to click the icon.   But that's not how it appears to work.   I find I have to log in by entering the individual

passwords.

 

Have I missed something, anyone?   Much obliged for interest.

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,585 points)
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,940 points)

    Thank you, CMCSK.

     

    I followed your link but it didn't actually say you must log in to each account.   I've no wish to appear to be expecting too much but can I ask you to have another look at part of my post ...

     

    #    I got the impression that I could nominate which user accounts could be switched and that these accounts could be permanently logged in so that I only need to click the icon.     But that's not how it appears to work.   I find I have to log in each time by entering the individual passwords.

     

    Or is it so obvious I'm blinded by it?

     

    Thank you again.

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,585 points)

    seventy one wrote:

     


     

    #    I got the impression that I could nominate which user accounts could be switched and that these accounts could be permanently logged in so that I only need to click the icon.     But that's not how it appears to work.   I find I have to log in each time by entering the individual passwords.

     

    Or is it so obvious I'm blinded by it?

     

    Thank you again.

    I've never used switch users. 

     

    It would seem to me that as the admin, you would have the authority to log in other peoples accounts as long as you know their passwords. 

    "Select “Show fast user switching menu as”, and choose how you want the user’s to appear in the pop-up menu"

     

    "From the name of the current user, in the menu bar in the upper-right corner of the screen, choose the account you want to log in to." - Indicates to me, you need to know the other users password.

     

    If would seem to me, if you as the husband can get into your wife's account why have a password?  Automatic log in an option for other users?

     

     

    Through a Google search I found this - http://kb.iu.edu/data/anfy.html

    Unknown if link will answer your questions.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,940 points)

    Another 'Thank you' CMCSK,

     

    I checked out the Google link and paragraph 7 clearly suggests each account needs to be logged in by password on the appearance of the prompt.

     

    Seems what I'd hoped for can't be done but your suggestion of automatic log may hold the answer. I've never tried this … do you have a link to how it is done?

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,585 points)

    System Preferences/Accounts - unlock the padlock - highlight Login Options.

     

     

     

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  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (10,940 points)

    Okay CMCSK,   I feel quite guilty about being so apparently lazy.  Anyway, I've found

     

    the path to take.   Big and final thank you along with some correct answer points.

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,585 points)

    You're welcome and good luck!

     

     

     

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