Open Accounts preferences in System Preferences. Click on the lock icon and enter the admin password for the account you are logged into, "macuser." Click on Login Options. Verify that the account, "gdavies," has admin status. If it does not then check the appropriate box to give it admin status. Turn off auto-login if activated. Log out of the acoount and log into "gdavies." Open Accounts preferences, click on the lock icon, authenticate with the "gdavies" admin password. Select the "macuser" account and click on the Delete [-] button to remove it. Select the option to remove completely.
I forgot to mention, when I go to log out it says "Log out gdavies".
Then I log out and I can log in as "gdavies" using the admin password *and* I can log in as "macuser" using the same password.
But in the Finder window in the side bar there is a "squatter" presumably exercising squatters rights occupying the Home directory.
I had the folder "gdavies" sitting next to it for a while, but I found it an unecessary irritant, so out it went.
Kappy, thanks for the help. But it seems that I am logged in to the account as "gdavies" as in the Accounts it says;
This is the state of affairs as the Home directory reads "macuser".
I apologize for not mentioning this infor earlier.
Kappy, there is no sign of "macuser" in the Accounts pane in System Prefs, only in the side bar of the Finder window. Then again, "macuser" occupies the Home directory in the Users folder, i.e. HD/Users/Home Directory/
So to clarify, I am named as administrator in the Accounts pane where there is no sign of "macuser".
"macuser" is the unchangable name of the Home directory in the side bar of the Finder window and inside the Users folder on the MacIntosh HD.
So I can't delete the "macuser" account as it doesn't seem to have one.
Folks, I am so pleased to receive your help, no kidding, and so promptly too, but I must depart for an hour. Anyway, I shall return and see what developments there are.
Hi there Kappy, I am back! :- )
I did as you suggested, only I didn't need the command key to do it. Nothing happened. So I did what I always do when I want to remove something from the sidebar, I just dragged it out and then the traditional "Poof!"
So now I don't have the home folder in the sidebar and the "gdavies" folder is still the same, no "blessing" of that folder and to be honest, I didn't think there would be, because the Home directory is still in the Users folder on the HD.
I just dragged that back to the side bar and restored the status quo.
I am very much scared to just drag the Home directory (the one with the house icon) from the Users folder to oblivion in the Trash. I am certain it would need an administrator's authority to do that. If I did the computer would then be without a Home directory and I imagine that even an administrator's authority would be insufficient, so the computer would probably just say "Nada"!
Thanks Kappy anyway for the original thought.
Kappy, you are indeed working overtime to help me and I just want you to know how appreciative I am.
Now, I shall take your answer step by step.
1. Log into Accounts using the admin password for "macuser". That password and the "other" admin password for gadvies is one and the same. However, done.
2. Click on Login Options, done - verify gdavies has admin status - done - answer "yes, gadvies has admin status".
3. Turn off Auto login - done.
4. Logged out then logged into "gdavies".
5. Returned to Accounts pane authenticating with "gdavies" password - done. But remember that the admin password is one and the same for "macuser" and "gdavies". Now, I did *not* set it up like that. It just seemed to happen. do I :- ) or do I :- ( ???
6. Select "macuser" account and using Login options delete. Select the option to remove completely.
I am sorry Kappy, but this pesky "macuser" sits in the home directory without any account in Accounts. So there is no "macuser" account to delete.
I went through all the motions and I was sort of hoping that a "macuser" account would *appear* in the Accounts pane beneath the Guest account so that I could delete it, but no such luck. You know, sometimes things like that do happen.
Thanks a heap for the try, Kappy, I do appreciate you exercising on my behalf "those little grey cells" as Hercule Poirot would say - my favorite Private Eye (Agatha Christie).
So clarify for me because I think I'm not seeing the picture clearly.
1. What account do you want to use? Is it "gdavie," "macuser," or something else?
2. Give me the full path to the "macuser" account you want to remove. It would appear that you see it as /Users/gdavies/macuser/. I thought it was simply /Users/macuser/.
3. List the user folders you see in the /Users/ folder.
4. List the account names displayed in Accounts preferences.
5. If you don't necessarily want the "gdavies" account, then you could create a new admin account with the name and password you prefer. Log into that account and delete all the others in Accounts preferences.