2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 4, 2014 6:49 PM by kaz-k
iaregreen Level 1 (0 points)

So I've been wanting to change my keyboard layout so when I press: "\" it acts as enter. But I can't since that requires the account password. I'm on the account I can start the computer and it logs into the account automatically, but I don't know the password and can't make anoher admin account because the system preferences is locked and needs the password.Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 3.30.42 PM.pngScreen Shot 2014-07-03 at 3.29.08 PM.png

  • dianeoforegon Level 5 (4,685 points)

    If you are on Lion or newer, follow directions here:


    Reset the user password in OS X Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks


    Reset 10.5 Leopard & 10.6 Snow Leopard password

      1. Power on or restart your Mac.

      2. At the chime (or grey screen if your chime is turned off), hold down Command+S on your keyboard to enter single-user mode.

      3. This step is optional, but it’s a good idea because it checks the consistency of the hard disk before moving on. At the prompt, type fsck -fy and press Enter/Return. Wait for the checks to complete before going to the next step.

      4. Type mount -uw / and press Enter.

      5. Type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plistand press Enter.

      6. Type ls /Users and press Enter. This lists all of the usernames on the computer – helpful if you don’t know or remember what these are.

      7. Type dscl . -passwd /Users/username password and replace “username” with one of the users displayed in the previous step. Replace “password” with a new password of your choice. Press Enter.

      8. Type reboot and press Enter.

  • kaz-k Level 5 (4,390 points)

    System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard, check off Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar, then Flag menu > Show Keyboard Viewer to use software keyboard to enter the "Enter".