Macs are getting more and more popular each year and with the holiday season upon us, you could be getting a new Mac as well. Now, as most people know, most families don’t always have one computer per person in the household. That is why you will always see fighting over the computer between parents or parents and children or children and other children. Not only that, but when you use the computer, you probably have some settings that you would like to keep for yourself and I am sure the kids have their own settings that they want as well.
How do you do that on one computer? That is the purpose of this post. I am going to show you quick and easy ways to setup accounts and why they will help when it comes to everyone wanting their own computer.
When you first log in to your computer for the first time you will be asked to create an “Administrator” account.
This basically is the person that will be “in charge” of the computer. You can add more than one administrator if you choose as well. You can then create “User” accounts for the rest of the people in your family. If you already have a Mac, you have probably already went through the process of creating an administrator account. If you want to create more accounts, first go to the System Preferences. Here you will see under “System”, the tab for Accounts. Click on that and you will be taken to the Account Manager page.
Once you are there, if you are going to make any additions or changes to any accounts, you will have to “unlock” the settings first. In order to do this, click on the pad lock icon in the lower left corner. Here you will be asked to put in the password for the administrator in order to unlock the settings.
Once this is done, you can now add users to the Mac that you are using. In order to add or delete a user, you need to click on the + or – button right above the lock icon. You will then be asked to fill out a registration page for the user name and password.
Now you can create the account for each person in your family. And it is as simple as that. Now the question is, why would this be so helpful? Well, there are a few reasons why I think this is a good idea. The first is that it gives each person in your family their own identity on the computer. They can customize their wallpaper, have apps or settings that they like just for their own log in. So it is basically like having their own computer, but you are all using the same one.
It is nice that a parent can have certain things that maybe they don’t want their child to see or apps that maybe the kids want but the parents don’t want to necessarily have to see on their account. Secondly, it gives you the ability to share files with a person. Let’s say you want to share a file with your wife, instead of emailing it to her, you can now just share it with her and when she logs in, she can now see the file you shared. This comes in handy a lot of the times when you have a busy lifestyle and only one computer.
Last, but not least, the one that parents will LOVE the most, is called Parental Controls. Because there is a decent amount to it, I will be creating a separate post dedicated to Parental Controls. I will show you how to set it up and why it is such a great thing for parents, and probably not so much for kids.